From the archives

“One of the things I was taught in law school is that I’d never be able to think the same again – that being a lawyer is something that’s part of who I am as an individual now.” – Anita Hill


On June 29, 1992, the President’s Award went to Professor Anita Hill at a luncheon at the Westin Hotel. In a Trial News article written by WSAJ EAGLE members Victoria Vreeland and Karen Koehler, they described her experiences:

“She was born on a farm, the youngest of 13 children raised in poverty. Her parents taught her to respect her conscience and speak the truth. She graduated from Oklahoma University with honors, and later from Yale Law School. In 1991, she braved the skepticism, cruelty and jests of 15 white male members of the U.S. Senate, as well as much of the nation, when she related her EEOC work experience with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. By recounting his spurned advances, sexual braggadocio and pornographic tales, she forced the issue of sexual harassment onto the national agenda. By opening her life to ridicule, she became a voice for victims of gender-based oppression. Her name is Anita Hill and she is a lawyer.

Anita Hill

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