Two lawyers in the District and a D.C. Court of Appeals judge will be among the five women lawyers honored Aug. 2 in Chicago for their achievements in the law.
The American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession announced today the five lawyers who will receive the 2009 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award at a luncheon during the ABA annual meeting.
Two D.C. lawyers—Helaine Barnett and Loretta Tuell—and D.C. Court of Appeals Judge Vanessa Ruiz are among the honorees. Fulbright & Jaworski partner Linda Addison, co-founder of the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas, will be honored in addition to Cook County Circuit Court Judge Judge Arnette R. Hubbard of Chicago.
Barnett, a veteran legal aid attorney, is the longest-serving president of Legal Services Corporation in Washington, D.C. Barnett spent more than 37 years as a lawyer for the Legal Aid Society in New York.
Ruiz, appointed to the bench in 1994, is the first Hispanic judge to serve on the D.C. Court of Appeals, the District’s highest court, and is the longest-serving woman currently on the court. The Hispanic Bar Association last month endorsed Ruiz for a slot on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Tuell is a name partner at AndersonTuell, which was among the first firms in the District to have a Native American woman as a founding partner. Tuell focuses on federal Indian law, representing American Indian tribal government clients.