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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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