A crowd of more than 300 attendees on Zoom and at the Moakley Courthouse heard U.S. District Court Judge Patti Saris, Judge Nancy Gertner (Ret.), Justice Fernande R. V. Duffly (Ret.), and Judge Angel Kelley, talk about the inequalities, biases, and other barriers that stood in the way of their path to the bench, and how they overcame them.
The event, Her Honor: Stories of Challenge and Triumph from Women Judges held on April 26th, was part of Discovering Justice, the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts Spring Moakley Courthouse Event series.
The discussion and book signing event on the collection of the same name tells the stories of 25 women judges and their paths and experiences on the bench. Lauren Stiller Rikleen, the book’s editor, also joined the panel and talked about her journey in compiling this set of inspiring stories. The crowd was welcomed by Discovering Justice Board member Abim Thomas, Vice President at Fidelity Investments, and the panel was moderated by Judge Patti Saris.
This event was co-sponsored by the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, the Hampden County Bar Association, Citizens for Juvenile Justice, the Harvard Women’s Law Association, and the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association.
You can get a copy of Her Honor: Stories of Challenge and Triumph from Women Judges here. Use the code HerHonor23 for a discount.