College Columns December 2021 - Page 3

From the Column-ist .: Over and Out

Steven N . Berger , Engelman Berger Co-Editor , College Columns
For my last column as co-editor of Columns , I couldn ’ t help but be inspired by Judge Houser ’ s words in her acceptance speech after receiving the College ’ s Distinguished Service Award . From my remote location in front of my computer in Scottsdale , I watched and listened to our awardee , the esteemed Judge , discuss her journey in the profession . She thanked many of her mentors and colleagues from whom she had learned over the years . And , of course , she thanked her wife for years of support and encouragement .
Wait , her wife ? These simple words were delivered without extra explanation , emphasis , fanfare or attention . From my vantage point , I observed no gasps , no shuffling , no fidgeting . My head swirled with thoughts about the College ’ s current initiatives on Diversity , Inclusion and Equity , but also with my own personal journey as an openly gay man in the legal profession . I really had to stop and smile and recognize the moment and what it exemplified in progress toward equal rights and changes in our profession and our broader society .
In the spirit of the DEI Commission ’ s request that Fellows share their personal stories , I am taking the liberty to do so in this column . Hopefully others will continue to come forward and tell their own stories so we may all learn from one another . It ’ s hard to know what it ’ s like to walk in someone else ’ s shoes if they are well worn but invisible .
In 1984 I graduated law school , started a Ninth Circuit Clerkship , and continued with the wrestling about my own sexuality that I had done during my law school years . Like many of my contemporaries that came to continued on page 23

In This Issue

President ’ s Message ..................... 4
A Proud History of Giving and Tradition of Generosity ................ 6
From the Pro Bono Committee ... 7 Class 33 is Classic !........................ 8 Doing The Splits ............................ 9
The DEI Commission : Moving Forward ........................................... 10
Bench Notes ................................... 12 Consultant ’ s Corner ...................... 13
Report on the Pittburgh Educational Forum ........................ 14
Fall Luncheon Donors .................. 15
Seventh Circuit Education Committee ’ s Seminar ................... 15
Indianapolis Highlights ............... 16
Presentation of the Distinguished Service Award ................................ 18
Judge Houser ’ s Remarks ............. 19 Fifth Circut Luncheon .................. 20 ACBF Grantees ............................... 33 2021 Patrons & Sponsors ........... 35 ACBF 2021 Donations .................. 39 Columns XWords ........................... 43 Upcoming Events .......................... 44
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