In denying Lavinia Goodell’s application for admission to SCOW, Chief Justice Edward Ryan famously held that women practicing law are “departures from the order of nature; and when voluntary, treason against it.” Poor Ryan must be spinning like a centrifuge in his grave. Today’s edition of SCOWstats examines the rise of women advocates (never mind justices) in Wisconsin’s highest court. It is gratifying to see how the State Public Defender, the Remington Center, and other public interest organizations have helped alter “the order of nature” in SCOW.
“Treason” in the Supreme Court of Wisconsin
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