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Elena Kagan

Dean Elena Kagan: Status Report on Women in the Legal Profession

 Editor's Note: As part of Ms. JD's 5th Birthday celebration, we'll be looking back at our favorite posts over the years.While Dean at Harvard Law School, now Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan penned this guest post for us. Greetings—and congratulations to all—on the launch of Ms. JD! A little over a year ago, I prepared a sort of “status report” on women and the legal profession for a talk I had the honor of delivering at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. It was a terrific opportunity to reflect on both the tremendous strides already…

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Sandra L. Lynch

The Honorable Sandra L. Lynch: First Woman Appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

The Honorable Sandra L. Lynch, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit since 1995, is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Boston University Law School where she was Articles Editor of the Law Review. After clerking for Judge Raymond J. Pettine of the U.S. District Court for Rhode Island, Judge Lynch practiced law as an Assistant Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as General Counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Education, then in private practice at Foley, Hoag and Eliot in Boston, where she was head of the Litigation Department and handled complex…

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Judith T. Younger

Professor Judith T. Younger, First Woman

I’m delighted to be here in such distinguished company. I’m not sure that being a “first” is really as notable as being a “best” but in the spirit of this endeavor, I will admit to being the first woman dean of Syracuse College of Law. I may have been the first woman dean of a law school in New York State as well. I’m pretty sure that I was the first dean of any sex whose resignation from the deanship was covered on the front page of The New York Times. (N.Y. Times, April 8, 1975). I resigned because I…

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Chief Judge Deanell Reece Tacha

Listen to Professional Reflections by Chief Judge Tacha

This video will be posted back up here soon - in the meantime, you can watch Judge Tacha's presentation by following this link!

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Herma Hill Kay

First Women: Herma Hill Kay

Editor's Note: As part of Ms. JD's 5th Birthday celebration, we'll be looking back at our favorite posts over the years. In February 2007, we were honored to receive this submission from Herma Hill Kay, professor and former dean of Berkeley Law/Boalt Hall. I’m delighted to join this wonderfully creative new venture, and to be part of the “First Women Lawyers” series. I am particularly interested because my own current research project is devoted to telling the story of the entry of women professors into the previously all-male law school world during the twentieth century. I’ll say more about that…

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Barbara Babcock

First Women: Barbara Babcock

Editor's Note: As part of Ms. JD's 5th Birthday celebration, we'll be looking back at our favorite posts over the years.From the very beginning, Professor Barbara Babcock was a champion for Ms. JD, serving in vital roles at the first two annual conferences and providing guidance to Ms. JD's Founders. It is with great pleasure we republish her guest post from 2007. I am honored to be the first of the first women to speak in this space. My major first was professor at Stanford Law School—which has led in turn to associate firsts (to gain tenure, hold an endowed chair,…

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Judge Dorothy Nelson

First Women: Dorothy W. Nelson

It is an honor to participate in the “First Women Lawyers” series of Ms. JD. I am particularly happy to do so in the company of Professor Barbara Babcock, one of the most admired and distinguished members of our profession. She is a marvelous mentor to her female law students, many of whom I have hired as my law clerks. Like Professor Babcock, I was the first woman faculty member of the law school that hired me-the University of Southern California. At that time (1957), I decided to insert into the curriculum something that had not been taught but was…

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Shirley Hufstedler

First Women: Shirley Hufstedler

The law is the true embodiment of everything that’s excellent. It has no kind of fault or flaw and I, my lords, embody the law. Someday a better singing commercial for the legal profession may be composed,but so far none has topped Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe written more than one hundred years ago. The British audience at the premiere probably tittered appreciatively. Today’s audience would probably be much less amused because lawyers and judges are even less popular these days, and litigation is more dreaded. Of course dissatisfaction with lawyers and legal systems are not new. That grumbling was old…

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