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25 Years of Women Making Waves at Vermont Law School

Linda O. Smiddy

The twenty-two women students in the class of 1979 were heady with the sense of establishing a strong female presence at the school, clearly a daunting task. ... The first woman editor of the law review, the first female president of the Student Bar Association, the first woman on a national moot court team, the first woman judicial law clerk, the first woman to graduate at the top of her class. ... Women routinely compose forty-five to fifty percent of each entering class; women routinely serve as campus leaders; women routinely win awards of distinction; women routinely attain highly competitive legal employment. ... Twenty years ago there were just two female faculty members; both were in the legal writing department. ... Opportunities for the advancement of women faculty have also become the norm, again with the encouragement and support of the entire community. ... Thankfully, this variety is evidenced in the female members of the legal profession as a whole. ... Sometimes their uncertainties about professional self definition were expressed in conventions of dress. ... It seemed that each panelist conformed to one of two dress codes for women lawyers.
  • Print Location 23 Vt. L. Rev. 285

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