Treasurer Betsy Jean-Jacques, Esq., Justice Robin Sheares, Antony Posada, the artist, Judith Aarons, Esq., Justice Genine Edwards, President Madeline Kirton, Esq., Danielle Ciraola, Esq., kneeling: Sherlly Arcelus, Damilys Santiago, an aspiring attorney, who is a rising sophomore at SUNY StonyBrook, Vice President Catherine Gonzalez, Kristin Moriarty, third year law student interning with Justice Rachel Adams.
The Young Lawyers Committee of the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association got together on Wednesday, Aug. 4 for the group’s first in-person event since the onset of the novel coronavirus last spring — a “Paint and Sip” at Fornino’s in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The creative meeting of the minds happens each year, according to the group, but had to be put on hold in 2020 due to COVID-19. This time around, members grabbed their brushes and palettes and painted Lady Justice, a portrait fitting for the group, which promises to be for attorneys of any age, whether they’re “young of age or young at heart.”
The portrayal of Lady Justice — a blindfolded woman carrying a sword and a set of scales — dates back to the 15th Century, when Renaissance sculptor Hans Gieng first brought her to life. Now, she symbolizes fair and equal administration of the law, without corruption, favor, greed, or prejudice, and is a staple emblem on courthouses and inside court rooms across the country.