Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb was featured, along with her counterparts from Georgia and Florida, on the cover of the ABA Journal. An article in the Journal examined the growing number of female judges leading state supreme courts. The magazine, published by the American Bar Association, reported the trend seemed prevalent in the South, where eight of 13 states have women serving as chief justice. Nationally, there are 20 states where a woman serves as chief justice, more than at any time in U.S. history. Chief Justice Cobb told the magazine:
I ask people if they know how many women chief justices there are, and they answer two or three. When I tell them, they are shocked. But it really blows them away when I tell them how many there are of us in the South.
Overall, more women are becoming lawyers and judges, the Journal reported. Citing a recent report entitled “The American Bench: Judges of the Nation,” the article stated women compose 26% of state judiciaries and 22% of the federal judiciary. Women now make up 48% of law school graduates and 45% of law firm associates, the article stated. I believe it’s a healthy thing to have women not only serving on the courts, but holding positions of leadership.
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