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Stacy R. Horth-Neubert
WLALA President 2016-2017
As our nation is facing some of the most serious challenges to our cohesive democracy in modern history, it seems particularly appropriate to take a moment during Black History Month to celebrate some of those who have overcome adversity to force America to live up to the promise of that democracy: African American women lawyers. In particular, I would like to take this opportunity to spotlight a handful of remarkable women who have forged a path in a field dominated by men and lacking in female or black role models, and along the way, have had a major influence on the legal profession and the nation at large.
Before telling those stories, however, it bears noting how steeply the odds are stacked against black women lawyers even today. According to NALP’s recently published 2016 survey, black lawyers comprise only 4.11% of all lawyers in firms, and black women comprise only 2.32% of lawyers – and those numbers are down from 2009. Those dim statistics seem positively rosy in comparison with the number of black partners, which is just 1.81% -- and black women partners are just 0.64% of partners nationwide. In Los Angeles, black women make up only 0.59% of partners. Against this backdrop, the accomplishments of the women below are all the more striking.
The first African American female lawyer was Charlotte E. Ray. Ray applied to Howard University School of Law under the name C.E. Ray to avoid being rejected as a female applicant. She graduated in 1872, and was admitted to the D.C. bar that same year. Ray
February 4th to June 3rd - WLALA Winter/Spring Golf League
February 26, 2017 - WLALA-SCGA Golf Club: Harding Golf Course
February 28, 2017 -Protecting the Family Jewels: What You Need to Know About Estate Planning
March 2, 2017 - WLALA Litigators Forum: "Conduct Unbecoming of a Woman"
March 15, 2017 - LA Superior Court-WLALA Power Lunch, Save the Date!
March 18, 2017 - WLALA-SCGA Golf Club: Sandpiper Golf Course
March 24-25, 2017 - Law Rocks
March 28, 2017 - Loyola's Career Transitions Event, Save the Date!
March 29, 2017 - A Night at The Magic Castle
March 30, 2017 - Women's History Month Event, Save the Date!
April 8, 2017 - Mount Saint Mary's University's Ready to Run 2017, Save the Date!
June 29, 2017 - WLALApalooza, Save the Date!
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