19 Hastings Women's L.J. [i] (2008)

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Foreword
By Amanda Kennedy and Emily Wood .............................................. I
The Evolution of Women's Rights in Inheritance
Article  by  Kristine S. Knaplund  ......................................................... 3
The Evolution of Women's Rights in Inheritance explores the period
shortly after the passage of the Married Women's Property Acts, when
women had increasing economic power and, in many jurisdictions, the
right to execute wills without their husbands' consent. Through original
research and comparisons with earlier and later studies, the author
discovered ways in which women differed significantly from men. In
addition, the author found an astonishing amount of litigation, including
will contests, objections to accounts, and actions to quiet title in
over twenty percent of the wills. This study fills in gaps in the legal
literature in women's history in the nineteenth century and provides
original research in a field with few such studies.
The Future of Women in the Legal Profession:
Recognizing the Challenges Ahead by
Reviewing Current Trends
Article by  M aria Pab6n Ldpez .......................................................  53
In 2004, the Indiana Supreme Court Race and Gender Commission
undertook a large survey of lawyers' perceptions about women in the legal
profession in order to assess which areas of gender bias have improved and
which areas could stand improvement. This Article takes the data from this
survey and interprets its significance for women in the profession and for
the justice system overall. The Article compares the findings from the 2004
study of Indiana lawyers to the findings of a similar earlier Indiana study
(conducted in 1990), and draws conclusions regarding the overall
occurrence of gender bias in Indiana along with the specific experiences of
women in the legal profession in the state. The Article further examines
how the instances of gender bias and the experiences of women in the legal
profession in Indiana measure up to those of other parts of the country by
using comparative data from other U.S. jurisdictions. Finally, Professor
L6pez offers conclusions and recommendations on how the situation for
women in the legal profession can be improved and for further study on the

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