It was a perfect day for a warm cup of tea on Wednesday, April 23, as a spring rain fell on William Mitchell. Despite the deepening puddles, over 200 people turned out for the 2014 Justice Esther M. Tomljanovich Tea for Women in Law, many of them wearing fancy hats in the tradition of the teas hosted by the former lawyers’ legal fraternity Phi Delta Delta.
The annual Tea for Women in Law brings Mitchell alumni together with current students, for a night of networking, socializing, and refreshments. The event is named for Justice Esther M. Tomljanovich ’55, who began the tradition at Mitchell many years ago and was in attendance again this year.
Guests had the opportunity to sample fare from three different countries at a buffet tables featuring tea and hors d’oeuvres from England, China, and India. Alumni and friends of the college stopped to have their photos taken wearing beautiful hats. The event also offered several networking tables where law students and Mitchell alumni talked about career paths, job opportunities, and what it’s like to be a women practicing law.
Held each year in the spring, the Tea for Women in Law supports the Women in Law Scholarship at William Mitchell. This year’s event raised over $4,000 in funds. The event also offers a preceding CLE that covers a different topic each year. This year’s topic was The Surprising Implications of Marriage Equality.