September 14, 2011
In a pair of articles by Kate Moser that are part of its recent “Women Leaders in the Law” feature, The Recorder has fittingly paid tribute to Justices Joyce Kennard and Kathryn Mickle Werdegar as early leaders of women in the profession. Justice Kennard was only the second woman ever to serve on the Court, after Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird. Justice Werdegar, for her part, was one of only four women in her class when she commenced studies at Boalt Hall in 1959, yet she became the first ever female editor of the California Law Review. Justice Werdegar was also the only female justice on the First District Court of Appeal when she was appointed in 1991. The Recorder’s articles detail the challenges the justices faced as they fought to succeed in a male-dominated profession. It is worth noting that the two now serve on a court with a majority of female justices.