On Tuesday, September 8th Miller, Miller & Canby litigation attorney Diane Feuerherd joined three judges and a professor of law for a panel discussion on the history of female attorneys in the state of Maryland. The event was held at the University of Baltimore School of Law and was open to students, faculty and members of the community. The event celebrated the release of a book on the subject of female lawyers in Maryland. Finding Justice: A History of Women Lawyers in Maryland since 1642, was published in association with The Maryland Women’s Bar Association Foundation and The University of Baltimore Foundation. Click here to view UB Law post about the event.
Although women were not officially permitted to practice law in Maryland until 1902, there is, a rich and interesting history of women acting as lawyers in Maryland, dating back to colonial times. The book recounts the fascinating story of how women were able to overcome significant hurdles to participate in the legal profession and how their work has influenced not only the practice of law, but society as a whole.
The book also touches on obstacles women continue to face, even today, in pursuing their careers and lays the groundwork for a broader exploration and conversation. The Finding Justice Project was launched in 2006 to research and publish information about the history of women in the law in Maryland. The mission statement for the Project reads, in part, “This project will showcase these women’s achievements, lives and goals in an historical context; it will describe and preserve the efforts that ensured the place that women lawyers enjoy today; and the project will illuminate the goals that have yet to be achieved by future generations of women in the law.”
Ms. Feuerherd joined The Hon. Lynne A. Battaglia of the Maryland Court of Appeals; The Hon. Yvette Bryant, Baltimore City Circuit Court; The Hon. Julie R. Rubin, Baltimore City Circuit Court, and Professor Jane Murphy of The University of Baltimore School of Law on the panel. The book was edited by The Hon. Lynne A. Battaglia, and includes chapters by Dean Phoebe Haddon, The Hon. Andrea Leahy, The Hon. Diane O. Leasure, Michelle Mitchell, Professor Jane Murphy and The Hon. Julie Rubin.