Continuing Legal Education

Myra Bradwell: The Practice of Law in the Wake of Her Legacy

March 21, 2014
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (reception to follow)
2.00 MCLE hours, including 2.00 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours
Co-sponsored by Northern Illinois University College of Law

Northern Illinois University
Sandburg Auditorium – Holmes Student Center
1425 W. Lincoln Highway
(map and directions)

Myra Bradwell had a dream of becoming a lawyer, but was repeatedly rejected based on gender. Her determination, courage, and perseverance – both her attempt at gaining entrance to the Illinois bar and her dedication to women’s rights – has made her one of the most influential figures of the American legal profession. Join us as Jenner & Block attorney, Rachel Morse, offers a dramatic rendition of Myra Bradwell’s struggle to gain admittance to the bar. Using excerpts of actual court records and other historical documents, Ms. Morse brings Bradwell’s trailblazing story to life. The presentation closes with a distinguished panel of speakers discussing the obstacles women have faced pursuing careers in the law, how those obstacles were overcome, and what the future holds for diversity in the law. You are invited to attend a reception celebrating ourselves and honoring those who went before us immediately following the panel discussion.

Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Myra Bradwell: In the Light of Experience (prepared by John Lupton, Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission Historian), which contains copies of contemporaneous documents and an account of Myra Bradwell’s life.


Program Moderator:
Paula H. Holderman, ISBA President, Winston & Strawn, LLP, Chicago

Program Panelists:
Hon. Anne M. Burke, Illinois Supreme Court, Chicago
Hon. Joy V. Cunningham, Illinois Appellate Court, First District, Chicago
Hon. Rita B. Garman, Chief Justice, Illinois Supreme Court, Danville
Jennifer K. Gust, Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, Chicago
Hon. Shelvin Louise Marie Hall, Illinois Appellate Court, First District, Chicago
Hon. Susan F. Hutchinson, Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, Woodstock
Hon. Mary Jane W. Theis, Illinois Supreme Court, Chicago
Hon. Diane Wood, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, Chicago