March 1, 2011

From the Top: Numbers Count

By Ruth L. Kleinfeld

A significant mile- stone occurred a few months ago in New Hampshire, where I have lived for the last 20 years, when Linda Dalianis took the oath of office as the 35th chief justice of the supreme court, the first female in state history. This capped a long journey starting over a century ago when the Granite State’s supreme court ruled in 1890 that women could practice law. Justice Dalianis achieved several legal mile- stones as the first female judge of superior court in 1980, the first female chief justice of the superior court in 2000, and the first female judge of the supreme court also in 2000.

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