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Female judges host panel discussion

Published: Monday, March 17, 2014 11:04 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 17, 2014 11:23 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – 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 Northern Illinois University to headline “Myra Bradwell: The Practice of Law in the Wake of Her Legacy” from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday 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 Bradwell was denied admission to the Illinois bar because of her gender in 1893.

Panelists include Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita B. Garman; Supreme Court Justices Anne M. Burke and Mary Jane W. Theis; First District Appellate Court Justices Joy V. Cunningham and Shelvin Louise Marie Hall; Second District Appellate Court Justice Susan F. Hutchinson; and Diane P. Wood, chief judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. Jennifer K. Gust, a partner in Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Chicago, also will participate.

Illinois State Bar Association President Paula H. Holderman will moderate the discussion, focusing on personal career obstacles and the future for women in the profession. Each attendee will receive a copy of “Myra Bradwell: In the Light of Experience,” a book by state historian John Lupton.

The program is presented by the ISBA’s standing committees on Women and the Law, 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 mmitchell@niu.edu.

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