Alumnae gather for a large group portrait on Jarvis field

Hundreds of alumnae gathered to celebrate the history and legacy of women at Harvard Law School, in September. Celebration 65, held Sept. 14-16, commemorated the 65th anniversary of the first women graduates of HLS. More than 400 alumnae attended, including three women from the Class of 1953: Nicole Kerno LL.M. ’53, Ann Pfohl Kirby ’53 and Sondra Miller ’53, three of only 14 women in that pioneering class who made history as the first alumnae to graduate from Harvard Law School.

Today, there are more than 12,000 HLS alumnae worldwide.

In remarks during the event, Dean John F. Manning ’85 expressed gratitude to alumnae trailblazers for “taking those first steps toward changing HLS and our profession.” He cited the many ways HLS has changed for women since 1953, but, he said, there is still work to be done. He urged alumnae to sign up to be mentors. “I want you to help our students and our graduates figure out this complex and wonderful profession. I want you to help them figure out how to live their dreams, to learn to be great lawyers and leaders, and to change things for the better.”

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Throughout C65, many extraordinary HLS alumnae spoke on a variety of important and timely topics. In this video–filmed during that wonderful weekend of community, inspiration, and empowerment–we hear from some of those women, and we celebrate the amazing work that’s being done every day by HLS women everywhere.

Hundreds of alumnae gathered to celebrate the history and legacy of women at Harvard Law School, in September. Celebration 65, held Sept. 14-16, commemorated the 65th anniversary of the first women graduates of HLS. More than 400 alumnae attended, including three women from the Class of 1953: Nicole Kerno LL.M. ’53, Ann Pfohl Kirby ’53 and Sondra Miller ’53, three of only 14 women in that pioneering class who made history as the first alumnae to graduate from Harvard Law School.