Arizona Women Lawyers Association promotes and encourages the success of women lawyers throughout Arizona by providing members with information and support, fostering connections among women lawyers, and monitoring and celebrating the successes of our members.
AWLA’s operations and statewide programs are administered by its Board of Directors, while local programs are overseen by the Steering Committees of its four regional chapters.
Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female Justice of the US Supreme Court 39 years ago by Chief Justice Warren Burger on September 25, 1981. Her husband, John O'Connor, looks on.
"Fight for the things you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” ~ Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The Arizona Women Lawyers Association’s core mission is to promote and encourage the success of women lawyers. Perhaps no single individual has done more to enable the pursuit of that mission than Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Ginsburg’s story of persistence and resilience in the face of discrimination resonates with almost every woman lawyer. As one of only nine women in a class of 500 entering students at Harvard Law School in 1956, she reportedly was confronted by the law school’s dean and asked why she was there, “taking the place of a man.” After transferring to Columbia Law School because her husband’s job took the family to New York City, she graduated tied for #1 in her class but nonetheless was rejected for a clerkship with the U.S. Supreme Court because she was a woman. When she entered legal academia in 1963 as one of fewer than 20 female law professors, she was told she would be paid less than her male peers because she was a woman married to a man who earned a good living.
As a lawyer, Ginsburg fought to break down the barriers she had faced, creating a clearer path for women lawyers to come. She charted and executed an incremental litigation strategy to dismantle sex-based legal obstacles; many--including her colleague and friend, Justice Antonin Scalia, and her former dean and professor Erwin Griswold--would describe her as the leading litigator for women’s rights and the “Thurgood Marshall of that cause.” Her assault on differential treatment benefited men as well as women, and she often represented male plaintiffs negatively impacted by gender stereotypes encoded in our laws: a widower denied survivor’s benefits, a service member’s husband given a lesser housing allotment, a man refused caregiver benefits.
In pursuing this battle, Ginsburg acknowledged those who fought before and beside her. Although Pauli Murray—the Black genderqueer co-founder of the National Organization of Women and leading civil-rights activist—drafted no portion of the brief in Reed v. Reed, one of the first Supreme Court cases striking down a gender-based law under equal protection, Ginsburg nonetheless credited Murray as a co-author, acknowledging the influence of Murray’s legal theories and arguments on those advanced in the brief.
And, of course, as the second female justice on the United States Supreme Court—and the first Jewish female justice—Ginsburg became a singular role model and inspiration to generations of young women.
As lawyers of any sex or gender, we took an oath to fight for the rights and interests of others and to guard the integrity of the rule of law and our legal institutions. As we mourn the loss of one who did so much to further the causes at the core of the AWLA mission, and as we acknowledge those who fought before and alongside her to forge the path we have the privilege of following, may we draw energy from her example and renewed commitment to preserve and further her legacy of dismantling sex- and gender-based barriers for all.
41st AWLA ANNUAL CONVENTION
Envisioning Women in the Law:
2020 and Beyond
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2020 VIA ZOOM
ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
AND EDGAR-WINNING COURTROOM THRILLER
How far will you go to protect your family? Will you keep their secrets? Ignore their lies?
At the center of her book is the Yoo family (Young; her husband, Pak; and their 17-year-old daughter, Mary), who have emigrated from Korea and landed in the rural town of Miracle Creek, Virginia. The Yoos run a hyperbaric chamber that may cure a range of conditions from infertility to autism. But then the chamber explodes, two people die, and it’s clear the explosion wasn’t an accident.
A powerful showdown unfolds as the story moves across characters who are all maybe keeping secrets, hiding betrayals. Chapter by chapter, we shift alliances and gather evidence: Was it the careless mother of a patient? Was it the owners, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? Could it have been a protester, trying to prove the treatment isn’t safe?
Miracle Creek was named a “Best Book of the Year” by Time, The Washington Post, Kirkus, and The Today Show, among others.
Sneak peek: Angie interviews attorney and novelist Robert Dugoni on Sept. 21 from 6-7 p.m. on Facebook Live for the Poisoned Pen. The interview will be available on Facebook Live after the live event. Click here for more information.
Angie and her family emigrated from Seoul, Korea to the Baltimore area when she was 11. She attended Stanford University and Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. She practiced as a trial lawyer at Williams & Connolly. After leaving the practice of law, she became a management consultant and co-founded a software company. Meanwhile, she began to write. One of Variety Magazine’s inaugural “10 Storytellers to Watch,” Angie has written for Vogue, The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Glamour, and numerous literary journals. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and three sons.
Thank you to Barbara Peters,
Owner of The Poisoned Pen Bookstore,
for helping AWLA obtain Angie Kim
as our keynote speaker
and handling the orders of Miracle Creek.
AVAILABLE UNTIL MONDAY,
OCTOBER 12, 2020
OCTOBER 13, 2020
LAW STUDENT MEMBER
Paperback copies of Miracle Creek are available for $20 each at registration, and will be mailed to purchasers by the Poisoned Pen Bookstore. You may order more than one copy of the book. Autographed bookplates will be mailed after the event.
To register, click here. (Members must log in to receive member pricing).
*The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 3.0 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 0.0 hour of professional responsibility.
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Although the MCLE compliance deadline for the 2019-2020 year has been extended to December 2020, according to the State Bar, the requirement for July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021 will still be the same 15 hours completed by June 30, 2021.
HELPFUL LINKS FOR LEGAL PRACTICE IN AZ IN TIMES OF COVID-19
Governor Ducey Signs Executive Order Establishing Virtual Notary Services
View the Executive Order HERE. The Secretary of State’s Office began accepting applications for online notarization Friday, April 10. Visit the website HERE.
Additional EOs from the Governor may be found HERE
2020 SUPREME COURT ADMIN ORDERS MAY BE ACCESSED HERE
MARICOPA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT COVID-19 UPDATES AND DEPARTMENT UPDATES MAY BE ACCESSED HERE
PIMA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT COVID-19 UPDATES MAY BE FOUND HERE
YAVAPAI COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT COVID-19 UPDATES MAY BE FOUND HERE
COCONINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT COVID-19 UPDATES MAY BE FOUND HERE
YUMA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT COVID-19 UPDATES MAY BE FOUND HERE
INFORMATION FOR LAW STUDENTS AND LAW GRADUATES
Pursuant to Rule 39(c)(4) and Rule 39(c)(5), Arizona Supreme Court Rules – Applications for Law Students and Law Graduates Limited Practice Certifications have now been posted to the Arizona Supreme Court Clerk’s Office webpage.*
*Please note instructions for applying for limited practice law graduate, and forms of substitution of supervising attorneys for both law student and graduate student can also be found on the webpage under Forms & Guides.
The Arizona Supreme Court issued an Administrative Order on 5.15.20 regarding Requirements for a 2020 Uniform Bar Examination. Click HERE to read it.
In the Matter of Supreme Court Rule 39 Limited Law Practice - Law Graduates - Arizona Supreme Court Order No. 2020-80: Click HERE