Throughout history, women have played a major role in our country. Crafting the American flag, caring for those wounded on the battlefields, organizing on behalf of women’s right to vote, making space flights possible, and embarking into fields that traditionally leaned towards men. The study and practice of law is one such field.
Arabella Mansfield of Iowa, was the first woman admitted to practice law in 1869, though she had not attended law school, but studied in her brother’s office for two years before taking the Iowa bar examination. However, in 1869 as well, Ada H. Kepley of Illinois became the first woman in the United States to graduate from law school, but because of state law barring women from practicing law, Ms. Kepley was denied admittance to the Illinois bar until the law was overturned in 1881.
Louise Rebecca Pinnell, Florida’s first female lawyer, had to wait five months in 1898 while the Florida Supreme Court decided whether a woman could be admitted to practice law in the state!
Today, the path for women being admitted to the bar to practice law is not as overwhelming, and the Florida Bar data for 2017 shows 38% women members.
Terrell Hogan Law Firm is proud to have female attorneys as part of its team.
Anita Pryor is a partner with Terrell Hogan and has been one of the asbestos trial attorneys since 1990. Before becoming a lawyer, Anita practiced nursing for several years, specializing in critical care nursing.
Leslie Goller is a partner with Terrell Hogan and and was admitted to the Florida Bar in1984. Her primary focuses are consumer, environmental, unsafe products and plaintiff personal injury law.
Leslie Scott Jean-Bart received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law. She has been a member of The Florida Bar since 1997 and the State Bar of Georgia since 2008. As a partner at Terrell Hogan, Leslie dedicates her practice to representing people injured due to the negligence of others.
Terrell Hogan honors these and all women who make a difference in the lives of others every day!
Audrey Gibson is a State Senator and Paralegal with Terrell Hogan Law Firm.