Finding Justice: A History of Women Lawyers in Maryland Since 1642 (Hardcover)

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Although women were not officially permitted to practice law in Maryland until 1902, when they were first able to sit for the bar exam, the history of women acting as lawyers in Maryland is storied, going back to the earliest decades of colonial America. Today, of course, women serve not only as lawyers but also as judges, professors, and elected officials, and from anywhere in local government to the U.S. Senate. Finding Justice tells the remarkable story of how women overcame historical obstacles--legal, social, and economic--to enter the legal profession and how their pioneering work has influenced the practice of law and society at large.

Finding Justice offers the first comprehensive overview of the contributions women have made to the legal profession in Maryland, including detailed chapters on the history of women as lawyers since 1642; how social and political movements, both national and local, influenced women's access to the legal profession during the early twentieth century; how women of color had to overcome barriers of race and gender to become lawyers; how community support, especially from family members and mentors, was crucial in helping women overcome the obstacles to law careers; and oral histories that reveal the personal stories of many women lawyers. The volume also contains an educational CD with the first-ever-compiled list of the nearly 25,000 women who have been admitted to the bar in Maryland.

Finding Justice is a scholarly tour de force. Even as the book presents the past accomplishments of women lawyers, the difficulties they overcame, and what resources were critical to their achievements, it also looks to the future, for women still face unique obstacles in pursuing legal careers. By understanding better the history of women lawyers, it is hoped that the future of law in Maryland and the United States will be one of increased diversity and accessibility.

Contributors: Phoebe A. Haddon, Chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden and former Dean of the University of Maryland School of Law * The Honorable Andrea M. Leahy, Maryland Court of Special Appeals * The Honorable Diane O. Leasure, retired from the Fifth Judicial Circuit of Maryland * Michelle R. Mitchell, attorney and shareholder in the firm of Wharton, Levin, Ehrmantraut & Klein * Jane C. Murphy, Laurence M. Katz Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore * The Honorable Julie Rubin, Associate Judge, Baltimore City Circuit Court, Eighth Judicial Circuit

Distributed for George F. Thompson Publishing in association with the Maryland Women's Bar Association Foundation and the University of Baltimore Foundation

About the Author

The Honorable Lynne A. Battaglia has been a Maryland Court of Appeals Judge from the Third Appellate Circuit since 2001. She has received numerous honors and awards, including, in 2007, being elected to membership in the American Law Institute and, in 2010, being inducted into the Howard County Women's Hall of Fame. She currently serves as Chair of the Maryland Professionalism Center and as Chair of the Women Lawyers in Maryland Project.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781938086298
ISBN-10: 1938086295
Publisher: George F. Thompson Publishing
Publication Date: May 29th, 2015
Pages: 352
Language: English

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.


And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.


15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.


50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.


Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.


Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.


Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.



Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.


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