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Saluting the progress of Illinois’ women lawyers

March 11, 2014
Myra Bradwell

Myra Bradwell

A panel of six female Illinois justices, including the three who serve on the Illinois Supreme Court, and the woman president of the state’s largest bar association, are coming to NIU to headline “Myra Bradwell: The Practice of Law in the Wake of Her Legacy.”

The panel discussion is planned from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 21, in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium of the Holmes Student Center.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the program panelists will discuss the progress women lawyers have made since Myra Bradwell was denied admission to the Illinois bar because of her gender in 1893.

Panelists will include:

Jennifer K. Gust, a partner in Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, Chicago, also will participate.

ISBA President Paula H. Holderman will moderate the discussion, focusing on personal career obstacles and the future for women in the profession. A copy of “Myra Bradwell: In the Light of Experience,” a book by state historian John Lupton, will be given to each attendee.

“Today, one out of three lawyers is a woman, and female enrollment in U.S. law schools is almost 50 percent,” said Holderman, the fourth woman president of the 32,000-member ISBA. “But the impressive increases are tempered by the continuing challenges facing women lawyers. Women still aren’t paid at the same level as men, nor do they have the same opportunity to become equity partners at law firms, judges or corporate counsels.”

The program is presented by the ISBA’s standing committees on Women and the Law and Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law and the NIU College of Law. Registration is available online.

For more information, call (815) 753-9655 or email [email protected].