As president of the D.C. Bar, I am excited to invite you to join us in commemorating the centennial of women’s suffrage at the D.C. Bar 2020 Conference: 100 Years of the 19th Amendment. The amendment and the story of its passage are more than historic fact — they have even more relevance for us today as the various conference sessions will highlight.
I am delighted that noted historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin will be our opening keynote speaker, discussing the significance of the centennial of the 19th Amendment and the importance of leadership in turbulent times. I am also proud to announce that former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. will close out our conference.
Located in the nation’s capital, the D.C. Bar is fortunate to have a wealth of insightful and prominent individuals in our ranks whom we have tapped for our conference presentations. The 2020 Conference will bring together historians, judges, authors, journalists, noted private law firm practitioners, a former congresswoman, and attorneys from public interest organizations who will share their expertise in our programming, much of which will qualify for CLE credit.
In addition to an opening plenary session on the history of the 19th Amendment and women’s suffrage, other sessions will explore the current state of voting rights, with separate panels on the rights of the incarcerated, those in the military, and veterans. There will also be sessions on women’s issues, including the disparate treatment in education and the MeToo movement. These are just a few examples of the multifaceted programming that will be available at the conference.
We hope that you will also take advantage of some special events we are adding to your conference experience and visit to Washington, D.C., including a Women in Aviation and Space Tour at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, a tour of the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, and a tour of the Women Fight for the Vote exhibit at the Library of Congress.
Please come and help us celebrate this centennial milestone and discover the many lessons of the suffrage battle and its legacy for us today.