32 Women Law. J. 2 (1946-1947)
Introducing Our President

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of the Illinois Bar; Librarian-
Historian of N.A.W.L.
It is not necessary to depict our new
president, Laura Miller Derry, in glittering
words and phrases. They would be render-
ed tawdry in comparison with her actual
accomplishments. She is her own best ex-
hibit to most of us. For those who have not
had the opportunity to meet her we give
this description and appraisal of her as
our leader.
Most of us have known her for years
as Laura Miller. In 1944 she married Ste-
phen Arthur Derry, who was then a Major
in the United States Army. Laura Miller
Derry is attractive, and with her comliness
is combined high intelligence, warm heart-
edness, amiability, and unusual energy.
She received her education at Rutgers
University, New Jersey Teachers College,
holds her A. B. from Bowling Green Col-
lege of Commerce, her LL. B. from Jef-
ferson School of Law, and has done post-
graduate work at the University of Louis-
Before engaging in the practice of
law she was a newspaper woman, and has
written a number of newspaper and mag-
azine articles on pressing subjects of the
day. She has also appeared before civic
clubs and other organizations, as well as
on the radio, in the presentation of current
issues and timely topics.
She has for years been active in com-
mittee work for NAWL. In 1942-3 she was
our recording Secretary; in 1943-4 she was
our First Vice President; in 1944-5 she
was chairman of our Constitution Com-
Her energies are not limited. She
served as president of Younger Women's
City Club, Louisville, from 1939 to 1944,
and is now honorary )resident; is a charter
member and past director of Louisville

Pilot Club; is past director of Bowling
Green Business University Club; and is on
the Legislative Committee of the Business
and Professional Women's Club of Louis-
ville.  During the war she participated
through the Red Cross in civilian defense
work. She has been the chairman and ac-
tive member of important committees of
the Louisville Bar Association, Kentucky
Bar Association, and American Bar Asso-
ciation. At present she is the treasurer of
the Louisville Bar Association, correspon-
ding secretary of the Louisville   Radio
Council, and recording secretary of the In-
ternational Association of Women Lawyers
(thus ex officio on the executive board of
each of these organizations), and is serving
on the Advisory Council of the Louisville
Family Service Organization, (a Commun-
ity Chest welfare agency).
She was admitted to the Kentucky bar
in 1936, and has been engaged in the prac-
tice of law in Louisville since that time.
Her ability, fair dealing, and intellectual
capacity have earned for her an enviable
reputation in her profession and an excel-
lent practice.
She recently  won   international re-
nown by her successful defense of a soldier
in a court martial proceeding. He was ac-
cused of a crime euphemistically referred
to as a statutory offense-one of the most
difficult types of crime to defend, as the
very charge is calculated to evoke preju-
dice against the accused even in the minds
of those obligated to be impartial.  She
skilfully conducted the defense and suc-
ceeded in obtaining  the  defendant's ac-
quittal. The practice of this case was ex-
tremely  oppressive  because there were
only three possible verdicts, viz: acquittal,
life imprisonment, or death. She is the
first woman lawyer, not only in this coun-
try but throughout the world, who has
defended an accused   before  a military
court martial jury.

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