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Published on May 22, 2012

Victoria has practiced law for over 35 years, beginning at a time when only 3 percent of the nation's lawyers were women—the percentage was lower in SC. Her law school class graduated only 5 women, which at the time was the largest graduating class of women in the history of the law school.
"This speech is from the 4/28/2012 Rally at the SC Statehouse to Unite Against the War on Women. This rally was attended by 250-300 South Carolinians who are FED UP with the egregiously vicious attacks on women's rights in SC and across the United States. Rally organizer, Chris Cherry, is a Columbia-area activist and advocate for the State's many women's groups, of which there are dozens. Chris works to ensure that all citizens of South Carolina are aware of the plentiful resources available to women and all our citizens to empower and enrich their lives.

She is a longtime advocate of social justice opposing gender and race discrimination through the courts. In 1970 as a law student she successfully sued the governor of SC and the senate to force the S.C. Senate to allow women to become pages. She has been active in issues of women's health for over 40 years, insisting that the state has no place in making women's health decisions.

Victoria has served for a number of years as a member of the faculty of the Harvard University Law School Intensive Trial Advocacy Course. She formerly practiced law with O'Melveny & Myers in Paris, France, and is fluent in French, Spanish and Italian. A frequent lecturer at SC Bar seminars, Victoria has also served on numerous boards of directors of local civic organizations and is a member of the SC Coalition for Healthy Families.

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