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2019-03-06 15:29:05
Who do you think is an inspiring woman in law and why?


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March is Women’s History Month in the United States, a time to recognize women from the past and present who overcame adversity to excel in a male-dominated society. Within the American Bar Association, women were not admitted until 1918, and black people were not allowed to join until 1943—meaning not even eight decades have passed since all women, no matter their race, could access membership.

While the work is not done, progress is tangible. To honor the triumphs of women, we published a gallery a few years ago recognizing 13 pioneering women in American law. But this list only scratches the surface of notable women in the legal profession.

This week, we’d like to ask: Who do you think is an inspiring woman in law and why? Do you have a favorite historical female lawyer? Is there a woman in law from your own life who deserves recognition?

Answer in the comments and on social media. You can answer via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. And be sure to check out the gallery below, too.

Read the answers to last week’s question: What tech gear do you use at your law firm, and how is it helpful to you?

Do you have an idea for a future question of the week? If so, contact us.

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The first woman recorded to practice law in America was the remarkable Margaret Brent, who arrived in the colonies in 1638. Using her wealthy family’s connections back in England, she was given substantial tracts of land in St. Mary’s Parish, Md. She became extremely influential and was regarded by Gov. Leonard Calvert as a trusted counsel. She was even named executor of Calvert’s estate and represented the estate’s interests in court. She declared herself the Lord Proprietor’s attorney without facing opposition. After her bid to be allowed a vote in the Maryland Assembly was denied, she eventually moved to Virginia and died in 1671.


Lucy Terry Prince

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