Chapter from Dear Sisters, Dear Daughters: Words of Wisdom from Multicultural Women Attorneys Who’ve Been There and Done That (American Bar Association)June 15, 2000
Eileen D. MIllett, Counsel, contributed a chapter to the American Bar Association book Dear Sisters, Dear Daughters: Words of Wisdom from Multicultural Women Attorneys Who've Been There and Done That.
Following is an excerpt:
To the extent that black women lawyers continue outside of the power structure, access to justice continues to elude us. This is less a phenomena in government than in the private sector. Although more hospitable, our numbers in government and public interest have not yet spelled the demise of an organization like the Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA). ABWA has been a backbone of support for many of us who have felt isolated in the struggle. In much the same way that selected individuals have reached out to assist many in the trenches, ABWA has provided an added strength in the knowledge that one does not go it alone. When the merger movement in New York City advocated that ABWA should become a part of one organization, it was opposed. It was opposed for the very reasons that there is still a need to address the ways in which we do not have access. We will have reached a truly advanced stage in society when all so-called minority bar associations can be eliminated. If that stage of development continues to be postponed, we will have failed to learn from the lessons of history.
For more information, please contact Ms. Millett.