It’s not impossible. The Texas Supreme Court is a testament to the possibility. It happened eighty-five years ago, if only for a single case.
In 1925, the Texas Governor appointed three women to fill all the positions on the Texas Supreme Court to hear a single case: an appeal involving Woodmen of the World, a fraternal group whose members included virtually every male lawyer in the state.
(Pictured from left to right: Hortense Ward, Hattie Henenberg, and Ruth Brazzil; photo Texas State Library and Archives Commission, via).
The Texas Lawyer Blog found this bit of history relevant because Justice Harriet O’Neill, a woman, presided over oral arguments at the Texas Supreme Court yesterday, due to an absence and a recusal, thus becoming the first woman since 1925 to do so.
- Ruthann Robson