1 Perspectives 1 (1991-1992)

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First Annual Margaret Brent Awards A Success
I's time to start honoring and celebrating
the accomplishments of women lawyers on
a national scale. From this challenge by
Hillary Rodham Clinton, chair of the ABA
Commission on Women in the Profession,
the first annual Margaret Brent Women
Lawyers of Achievement Awards evolved
into an inspirational event at the ABA An-
nual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on August
ii, 1991. The Commission honored five
women lawyers, and Geraldine Ferraro
spoke before a capacity audience of over 350                                            V,
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The five honorees were selected by the
Commission from 250 nominations. Each
honoree achieved professional excellence in
her area of specialty and paved the way to  MOVING, INSPIRATIONAL: The Margaret Brent Women Lawvers of Achievement Awards
success for other women lawyers.        CeremnonY. Top front left: Honoree Andrea Sheridan Ordin, Commission on Women in the Profes-
sion Chair Hillar Rodham Clinton and Honoree Dean Marilyn Yarbrough. Bottonnfrom left:
Honorees Justice Rosahe Wahl. Jeanette Rosnter Wohnan and Hon. Phyllis A. Kravitch: Keynofe
(Contined On Page 5) Speaker Geraldine A. Ferraro.

Women a Majority on Supreme Court

WHEN Sandra Gardebring was swom in as
an Associate Justice of the Minnesota
Supreme Court, she became the fourth
female justice on the seven member court.
As a result, Minnesota became the first state
ever with a female majority on its highest
court. In January 1991, Justice Gardebring
joined Justice Rosalie Wahl, Justice M.
Jeanne Coyne and Justice Esther
Tomljanovich. Although many are herald-
ing this female majority as the harbinger of
a new age of feminist jurisprudence, the
question remains, what effect will the
female majority have?

According to Justice Rosalie Wahl, ap-
pointed in 1977 as the first woman on the
Minnesota Supreme Court and one of the
recipients of the American Bar Association
Commission on Women in the Profession's
first annual Margaret Brent Awards (see
above), the most meaningful aspect of this
female majority is its symbolic significance
for women. She believes that this majority
has already given many women a sense of
empowerment. According to Justice Wahl,
Just the fact that this majority exists is
empowering. No longer is it a possibility or
(Continned On Page 7)

Chair's Column
On Appeal: Sex Discrimination
Interview: Roberta Cooper Ramo
Policies for the Legal Workplace
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