15 episodes

A podcast featuring three sitting women state Supreme Court justices discussing their experiences on their state‘s highest court. Featuring Justice Rhonda Wood of Arkansas, Chief Justice Bridget McCormack of Michigan, and Justice Beth Walker of West Virginia.

Lady Justice: Women of the Court Arkansas Supreme Court

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A podcast featuring three sitting women state Supreme Court justices discussing their experiences on their state‘s highest court. Featuring Justice Rhonda Wood of Arkansas, Chief Justice Bridget McCormack of Michigan, and Justice Beth Walker of West Virginia.

    Episode 12: Your Law School Questions Answered

    Episode 12: Your Law School Questions Answered

    On this episode, the Lady Justices share their insight on how to succeed in law school based on listener questions that we received from students through social media and on our podcast voicemail. Joining the program is special guest Justice Carla Wong McMillian (shown right) of the Georgia Supreme Court. 

    • 45 min
    Episode 11: Why State Constitutions Matter

    Episode 11: Why State Constitutions Matter

    In this Season 2 opener, we're once again celebrating Constitution Day! The justices discuss timely issues around state constitutions, like redistricting after the recent census. The women also discuss the most recent amendments to the constitutions in their states. Plus, what happens when states interpret the same general language in their constitutions differently? All that explained on this episode about why constitutions matter. 

    • 41 min
    Episode 10: Beyond Their Opinions

    Episode 10: Beyond Their Opinions

    Being a state Supreme Court justice is about much more than writing opinions on important cases. Justices are also responsible for overseeing the court system in their state.


    Part of this usually involves finding a passion and trying to affect change where they think it’s needed, whether that’s working to help children in foster care, studying the reasons behind an ever-growing prison population, or trying to keep their colleagues safe when job stress and substance abuse seems to be affecting their ability to best serve the public.


    The women were recently invited to speak at the Arkansas Bar Association’s annual conference, where they discussed this and other topics, like technology in the court. 


    This is the last episode of Season 1. We'll return with Season 2 in September! 

    • 47 min
    Episode 09: Go Your Own Way

    Episode 09: Go Your Own Way

    In some countries, Supreme Courts write an opinion as a whole court. After all, the law is the law and there should be one unified interpretation of it, right? Well, that’s not how things operate in the Unites States. Court decisions recognize openly that the law is not always clear and certain. 


    A justice can write a dissent to explain why they think the majority got it wrong or a concurrence, meaning they agree with the Court’s decision but not necessarily the steps to getting there. The lady justices discuss the process, which is also known as writing separately. 

    • 33 min
    Episode 08: A Path To Well-Being and Civility

    Episode 08: A Path To Well-Being and Civility

    For years, lawyers have struggled with issues like depression, anxiety, and substance abuse at a rate higher than the general population. The women discuss how, historically, there’s been a hands-off approach by the profession to addressing these issues, but that this is changing in some big ways.


    We hear from a national expert, Bree Buchanan, who is leading a movement toward recognizing the many benefits of assisting lawyers, law students, and judges with mental health and substance abuse issues and the high cost of turning a blind eye. Plus, the justices share thoughts on promoting civility.


    Episode Resources:


    The Path To Lawyer Well-Being


    The Prevalence of Substance Use and Other Mental Health Concerns Among American Attorneys


    Stress and Resiliency in the U.S. Judiciary


    Where Are We on the Path to Law Student Well-Being?


     

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 07: Legal Crusaders

    Episode 07: Legal Crusaders

    In this episode, the justices examine the lives of women legal crusaders you may not have heard about. Also, the latest numbers are out about the state of women in law firms, which calls for a discussion examining why it might be that women go to law school at the same rate as men yet there remains a significant lack of women in law firm leadership.


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    • 57 min

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