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President's Message

Amy T. Brantly
WLALA President 2017-2018

This month we honor and celebrate the life of WLALA Board member and ardent supporter, Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell. I hope that you will take a moment to read all of the many heartwarming and inspiring submissions that we received from her friends and colleagues, as well as her amazing biography and a summary of some of her key judicial decisions.

I first met Judge O’Connell when I joined the WLALA Board in 2010. I was a bit intimidated by her presence, only because I knew that she was a judge. In time, I came to know her as a strong mentor and advocate for women and a caring individual who was extremely generous with her time. One of the last times that I spoke with Judge O’Connell, she told me about an oral argument in her courtroom where all of lawyers arguing before her were male and were assisted by women lawyers. She told me that she asked the women to address the Court in order to give them a chance to argue. She said that they were all amazing and she was very proud of them. Her story inspired me to include remarks in my speech at the Installation Dinner about how judges can step in to give women more opportunities to argue before the Court in complex cases.

 

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