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  • Betty Ellerin Oral History Interview
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    Betty Ellerin Oral History Interview

    Justice Betty Weinberg Ellerin, who served in the appellate division in New York for 20 years, talked about how the role of the court had changed since the 1960s. Betty Ellerin was the…

    303 views
  • Pauline Schneider Oral History Interview
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    Pauline Schneider Oral History Interview

    Pauline Schneider, the first female African American president of the District of Columbia Bar and the first female partner at the law firm Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe, talked about her work…

    205 views
  • Shirley Adelson Siegel Oral History Interview
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    Shirley Adelson Siegel Oral History Interview

    Former New York Solicitor General Shirley Siegel talked about her life and work, as well as the struggles she faced in the legal profession being both female and Jewish. As the only woman…

    279 views
  • Shirley Mount Hufstedler Oral History Interview
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    Shirley Mount Hufstedler Oral History Interview

    Shirley Hufstedler, former Secretary of Education under Jimmy Carter, talked about her life in the legal profession. Mrs. Hufstedler spoke about what it was like being one of the first…

    290 views
  • Barbara Babcock Oral History Interview
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    Barbara Babcock Oral History Interview

    Barbara Babcock talked about her life and career. A former assistant attorney general for the Civil Division in the U.S. Department of Justice and the first director of the Public Defender Service of the…

    498 views
  • Antonia Hernandez Oral History Interview
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    Antonia Hernandez Oral History Interview

    Antonia Hernandez, president and chief executive officer of the California Community Foundation, talked about her life and career. She served as counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary…

    547 views
  • Marcia  Greenberger Oral History Interview Part 2
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    Marcia Greenberger Oral History Interview, Part 2

    Marcia Greenberger, co-founder and co-president of the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C., talked about her life and career. She recalled the early days of women’s legal advocacy and her…

    101 views
  • Marcia  Greenberger Oral History Interview Part 1
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    Marcia Greenberger Oral History Interview, Part 1

    Marcia Greenberger, co-founder and co-president of the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C., talked about her life and career. She recalled the early days of women’s legal advocacy and her…

    240 views
  • Karen Hastie Williams Oral History Interview
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    Karen Hastie Williams Oral History Interview

    Karen Hastie Williams talked about her life and career. As a child she spent time in the Virgin Islands when her father was the governor. She was a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice…

    526 views
  • Lynn Schafran Oral History Interview
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    Lynn Schafran Oral History Interview

    Attorney Lynn Hecht Schafran, director of the National Judicial Education Program to Promote Equality for Women and Men in the Courts, talked about her life and career. She recalled how she came…

    335 views
  • Patricia McGowan Wald Oral History Interview
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    Patricia McGowan Wald Oral History Interview

    Patricia McGowan Wald talked about her life, career and the early challenges facing women entering the legal field. She served as the chief judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the…

    186 views
  • Dorothy Nelson Oral History Interview
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    Dorothy Nelson Oral History Interview

    Judge Dorothy Nelson talked about her life and career. She was the first female dean of a fully accredited law school, the University of Southern California and later became a judge for the U.S.…

    508 views