Legal updates From Boardman Clark’s I.D.E.A. group
June is Pride Month for the LGBTQ+ Community. June was selected because it is the month when the Stonewall Uprising occurred in Greenwich Village in New York City in 1969. The Stonewall Uprising was a watershed moment and responded to long-standing harassment, discrimination, and brutality from the New York City police and state government
In 232 years and 115 prior appointments, not one Black woman has been selected to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Until now. On April 7, 2022, the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the nation’s next Supreme Court justice. Justice Jackson will be not only the first Black woman to sit on the Supreme Court, but also the first former public defender.
March is Women’s History Month, making now an especially appropriate time for Wisconsin lawyers and legal professionals to reflect on the contributions that women lawyers have made. Women lawyers have been advancing justice in Wisconsin for years—especially in our state judiciary. For example, women currently occupy 6 of the 7 seats on our state supreme court, making it home to the highest percentage of women on a state supreme court in the United States. Likewise, women have held a majority of seats on our supreme court for the past 15 years.