March/April 2015

In Her Honor: A Celebration of Minnesota Women in the Law

There is a new exhibit making the rounds to Minnesota federal courthouses. The exhibit highlights Minnesota women who have achieved success in the legal field. Each woman is honored with a 6 foot tall banner that displays a photo of her along with biographical information. Thirty-five women are featured. The display also includes audio interviews with the women that can be accessed by a QR code on each banner.

The women honored include Martha Dorsett, the first woman admitted to the bar in Minnesota; Judge Diana Murphy, the first woman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; and Justice Rosalie Wahl, the first woman on the Minnesota Supreme Court. All of the Minnesota state and federal court judges were honored as well.

On February 23, a reception and short program were held to kick off the opening of the exhibit, which appropriately debuted during women’s history month. Speaking at the event, Judge Diana Murphy said, “There’s been a steady change in justice. It’s an amazing story of accomplishment and service.”

The exhibit was moved to the federal courthouse in St. Paul on March 6th and went on to the courthouse in Duluth on March 30th. The exhibit was created by the District Court and the Federal Bar Association.

If you’d like to learn more about Justice Rosalie Wahl and how she became the first woman on the Minnesota Supreme Court, read Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement a book by Lori Sturdevant, which recently won a Minnesota Book Award.