Governor Inslee has declared August 10, 2021, Washington Women Lawyers Day honoring the over 10,000 women lawyers now licensed to practice in the State. 120 years ago, the first women graduated from the University Washington School of Law in Seattle – Othilia G. Carroll Beals and Bella Weretnikove Rosembaum – and in 1913 the first woman was admitted to the Washington State Bar Association and licensed to practice here – Rebecca “Reba” Jane Hurn. Washington Women Lawyers, the organization, was formed 50 years ago on August 10, 1971, and there are two active chapters for our northwesternmost counties: the Skagit and Whatcom chapters.
You can read about WWL’s history, including many women in law firsts for Washington State, in Raising the Bar, a compilation of histories from women’s bar associations around the country published by the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations (WWL’s history is on pages 73-74, or digital pages 77-78 of 84). And you can watch videos from founding members and pioneering women lawyers and judges on the WWL Legacy Project page.
Carmichael Clark is proud of its great team of legal professionals including our women lawyers, Lisa Keeler, Catherine Moore (also a UW Law grad), and brand new hire Sara Brennan. Thank you to all the women lawyers serving around our State!
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