In 2018 and 2019, the NJCHS presented a must-watch series of programs: “Women in the Law: Going First and Going Forward” featuring trailblazing women from around the Ninth Circuit. In honor of Women’s History Month, we invite you to tune in as they discuss with tremendous honesty, sincerity, and humor what it was like to be the first woman in a particular role in the law, and provide us with insights, advice, and more for being a woman in the legal profession.
- Hon. Marsha Berzon | Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Hon. Marilyn Hall Patel | Senior District Judge, Northern District of California (ret.)
- Melinda Haag | Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California
- Dorian Daley | General Counsel for Oracle along with
- Barbara Babcock | Stanford Law School Professor Emerita
The Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel shares an anecdote from her first trial in California in
a state court, at the San Francisco program.
- Andrea Ordin | First woman U.S. Attorney in the CDCA
- Gail Migdal Title | First woman attorney in the Federal Public Defenders Office in the CDCA
- Nina Shaw | Founding partner in the entertainment law firm of Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein and Lezcano and one of the founding organizers of Time’s Up.
- Hon. Virginia Phillips | Chief Judge of the Central District Court
Nina Shaw, founding partner in the entertainment law firm of Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein and Lezcano and one of the founding organizers of Time’s Up, shares the impact she’s had on the entertainment law industry, at the NJCHS “Women in the Law: Going First and Going Forward” program in LA.Watch Part 1 Here! Watch Part 2 Here!
- Hon. Carolyn Dimmick: Judge Dimmick’s more than 50-year tenure as a judge has spanned county, state and federal courts. She served as Washington’s first female Supreme Court Justice.
- Mayor Jenny Durkan: Mayor Durkan, a former prosecutor, was elected Mayor of Seattle in 2017, becoming the city’s first female mayor since the 1920s and the city’s second consecutive openly-LGBT mayor.
- Kellye Testy: Kellye Testy was the first woman to serve as Dean of both Seattle University School of Law and the University of Washington School of Law. She now serves as the president and CEO of the Law School Admission Council.
- Loria Yeadon: Loria Yeadon is the first woman, as well as the first person of color, to serve as CEO of the YMCA of Greater Seattle in its 143-year history.
- Hon. M. Margaret McKeown: Among her many accomplishments before and after her appointment to the Ninth Circuit bench, Judge McKeown was the first female partner with the law firm of Perkins Coie in Seattle.
Captured in a video profile produced by the United States Courts, a portion of which we were fortunate to showcase at the NJCHS “Women in the Law: Going First and Going Forward” program in Seattle, Judge Carolyn Dimmick speaks about her early experiences on her way to and in law school, as a woman in a man’s world.Watch the full program here!
- Hon. Helen W. Gillmor | Senior United States District Judge
- Hon. Susan Oki Mollway| Senior United States District Judge
- Bernice Littman, Esq. | Retired Partner, Cades Schutte
- Hon. Leslie E. Kobayashi | United States District Judge
Senior United States District Judge Susan Oki Mollway reveals an essential ingredient to achieving true parity for women in the law, and beyond, at the NJCHS’ “Women in the Law: Going First and Going Forward” program in Hawai’i.Watch It Here!
- Hon. Johnnie B. Rawlinson: Judge Rawlinson was the first female judge to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. She also was the first Black female judge to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
- Hon. Gloria Navarro: Judge Navarro is a Judge on the District Court for the District of Nevada, and served as Chief Judge from 2014 to 2019.
- Franny Forsman: After becoming the first female shareholder of a storied Nevada law firm, Franny Forsman was the first woman appointed as the Federal Public Defender for Nevada, a position she held for 22 years, after which she received a Masters in Creative Writing.
- Becky Harris: Ms. Harris is the first woman Chair of the Nevada Gaming Control Board and a former state senator.
- Prof. Anne Traum: Boyd School of Law and former trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice and Assistant Federal Public Defender.
Judge Johnnie B. Rawlinson, first woman judge on Nevada District Court and the first Black female judge to serve on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals discusses her efforts to hire a diverse law clerk staff.Watch the full program here!