Boise Office of Holland & Hart Invites Clients to Screening of On the Basis of Sex 

Local audiences might be surprised to learn the script includes a critical Idaho element.

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On the Basis of Sex, the much-anticipated biopic starring Oscar nominee Felicity Jones as a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg, doesn't open in Idaho until this Friday, Jan. 11, but a select group of clients of the Boise office of Holland & Hart Law will watch the movie at an invitation-only event on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

"Our office has a women's forum, a committee of female attorneys that the firm started in 2007," Laura Squyres, Holland & Hart's marketing and business development manager, told BW. "The forum thought a special screening of the film would be really special, given the movie's subject matter.

On the Basis of Sex chronicles an early chapter of Ginsburg's life when, as a struggling attorney and mother, she took on a groundbreaking tax case with her husband, attorney Martin (played by Armie Hammer). Indeed, the case ultimately changes the way courts would view gender discrimination for decades to come.

"Our Salt Lake City office recently held a screening for their clients and our Denver office is going to do the same later this month," said Squyres. "We're renting out one of the theaters at The Flicks for one exclusive event."

Idaho attorneys might also be surprised to learn that the Gem State plays an integral role in On the Basis of Sex. The landmark case Reed v. Reed, which saw an Idaho woman battle Idaho law that was ruled to be discriminatory and unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, had Ginsburg, then director of the ACLU Women's Rights Project, author the brief for the high court. The late Boise-based attorney Allen Derr, who represented Sally Reed in 1971, even makes an appearance in the new film.

"We're very excited for our attorneys and clients to get an advance screening," said Squyres.

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On the Basis of Sex
Rated PG-13 · 120 minutes · 2019
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Director: Mimi Leder
Producer: Robert Cort, Jonathan King, Jeff Skoll, Daniel Stiepleman, Betsy Danbury and Karen Loop
Cast: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Jack Reynor, Cailee Spaeny, Stephen Root, Sam Waterston, Kathy Bates, Chris Mulkey, Francis McCarthy and Wendy Crewson
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