Women in Law: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook

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MARY ARDEN (1947–)

The Honorable Justice Mary Arden, D.B.E.1 became a judge of the High Court of Justice in England in April 1993. Her previous experience as a barrister was as an influential consultant on company law in the financial/legal center in the City of London.2 Indeed, as a woman, her rise to the pinnacles of City business affairs through the practice of company law, which regulates and enables domestic and international commercial transactions in the United Kingdom, was against the odds. Through her practice specializing in company law3 as a member of Erskine Chambers (1971–1993)4 and through her designation as a Queen’s Counsel (1986),5 Arden became, in 1993, the first woman ever to serve on the Chancery Division of the High Court.6

Justice Arden describes her 22 years at the bar as a busy time in which she often worked as many hours as she was awake. A benefit of her busy practice was that she met many able lawyers and worked on a variety of stimulating issues. She now finds that serving as a High Court judge requires fewer hours but demands immense concentration. That, and the personal responsibility that comes with making binding decisions, makes her judicial position a challenging one. The downside of judging, she states, is that it is more difficult to find the time for private study and writing.


FAMILY BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION

Mary Arden was born in Liverpool on January 23, 1947. Her father was a solicitor and a diocesan registrar,7 as his father had been. A brother who lives in Liverpool also is a solicitor and presently serves there as diocesan registrar. Arden decided at age 16 to go into the law, being drawn to the law as a natural consequence of her father’s career and interests. Her original intention was to

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  • Title Page iii
  • Editorial Advisory Board vii
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Florence Ellinwood Allen (1884–1966) 17
  • Mary Arden (1947–) 25
  • Anita Augsburg (1857–1943) 31
  • Suzanne Bastid-Basdevant (1906–) 34
  • Miriam Ben-Porat (1918–) 38
  • Myra Bradwell (1831–1882) 45
  • Beverly Blair Cook (1927–) 51
  • Irene R. Cortes (1920–) 62
  • Takako Doi (1928–) 68
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933–) 78
  • Brenda Marjorie Hale (1945–) 88
  • Rosalyn Higgins (1937–) 94
  • Leonilde Iotti (1920–) 101
  • Barbara Charline Jordan (1936–1996) 112
  • Sylvie Kanigi (1953–) 118
  • Carrie Burnham Kilgore (1838–1909) 123
  • Helen Kinnear (1894–1970) 129
  • Claire L’Heureux-DubÉ (1927–) 136
  • Jutta Limbach (1934–) 144
  • Burnita Shelton Matthews (1894–1988) 150
  • Beverley McIachlin (1943–) 159
  • Soia Mentschikoff (1915–1984) 171
  • Constance Baker Motley (1921–) 180
  • Emily Ferguson Murphy (1868–1933) 190
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton (1938–) 202
  • Sandra Day O’Connor (1930–) 210
  • Sadako Ogata (1927–) 219
  • Cecilia MuÑoz Palma (1913–) 231
  • Tamar Pelleg-Sryck (1926–) 237
  • Janet Reno (1938–) 248
  • Mary Robinson (1944–) 257
  • Flerida Ruth P. Romero (193?–) 266
  • Simone RozÈs-Ludwig (1920–) 271
  • Wiltraut Rupp-Von BrÜnneck (1912–1977) 277
  • Helga Seibert (1939–) 283
  • Elisabeth Selbert (1896–1986) 288
  • Margaret a. Somerville (1942–) 292
  • Helene StÖcker (1869–1943) 299
  • Helen Suzman (1917–) 304
  • Leah Tsemel (1945–) 312
  • Agathe Uwilingiyimana (1953–1994) 323
  • Simone Veil-Jacob (1927–) 329
  • Bertha Wilson (1923–) 338
  • Appendix 349
  • Selected Bibliography 353
  • Index 357
  • About the Editors and Contributors 371
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