Saturday, December 5, 2009

Maryland Admits Women to the Bar

This is the actual bill stating that women are permitted to practice law in Maryland.  It is from the 1902 session of the Maryland General Assembly.  This bill marks a big change for women in Maryland which Etta Maddox along with other women worked for.  

As a result of the Maryland General Assembly changing the law to allow women to practice law in Maryland, Etta Maddox became the first woman admitted to the Maryland bar.[1]

Finally, this article is significant because it mentions Etta Maddox's first trial and it mentions that she is representing her brother-in-law.  Again, had it not been for Maryland legislature changing the law, Etta Maddox would not have had the opportunity to be counsel in these cases.[2]

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