As part of Baker Botts' celebration of Women's History Month and the 150th anniversary of women in the practice of law, we would like to recognize the outstanding work of those women who have made significant contributions to our firm.
Over the years, Baker Botts has been on the leading edge of history, recognizing the value and need to diversify the firm, by bringing the first two women lawyers into the firm in its early history. The firm has helped pave the way for women, hiring its first woman trial attorney in the 1940s.
|Looking back in history, we can't help but mention Arabella Mansfield who broke the barrier for women in law with her admission to the Iowa bar in 1869. Mansfield did not practice law but continued to teach at Iowa Wesleyan.|
|Three years later in 1872, Charlotte E. Ray became the first African American woman to graduate from Howard University School of Law and the first to be admitted to practice law in the United States and the District of Columbia. After graduation Ray opened her own practice specializing in commercial law.|
|As more women began seeking entrance into law school and subsequently admitted to the bar to practice, Baker Botts hired Doris Connerly, its first woman lawyer. Connerly was the only woman to graduate from the University of Texas Law School in 1919. Connerly participated in many of the most significant matters at the firm as part of the Baker Botts team.|
|When Connerly left the firm to return to her home in Austin, Texas, Dorothy Most joined Baker Botts. Most was also a graduate of the University of Texas Law School.|
For 100 years, Baker Botts has been supporting, promoting and elevating women in the legal profession. Today we continue that tradition with our many remarkable women lawyers throughout our offices across the world.