Stories from Trailblazing Women Lawyers: Lives in the Law
by Jill Norgren, Professor Emerita for the John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Moderator: Lori Myers, RCBA CFO and Co-Chair of RCBA Criminal Law Section
In 2005 the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession initiated a national oral history project named the Women Trailblazers in the Law initiative: One hundred outstanding senior women lawyers were asked to give their personal and professional histories in interviews conducted by younger colleagues. The interviews, made available to Professor Norgren, permit these women to be written into history in their words, words that evoke pain as well as celebration, humor, and somber reflection. These are women attorneys who, in courtrooms, classrooms, government agencies, and NGOs have rattled the world with insistent and successful demands to reshape their profession and their society. They are women who brought nothing short of a revolution to the profession of law.