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Women in Criminal Defense
By Lisa Wayne
may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it
may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are,
what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
The female criminal defense attorneys I have
encountered over the years possess an unbridled passion for justice.
Women can bring to the table effective listening skills, the ability to
be persuasive in the courtroom, and a unique depth of compassion.
Mentorship of the next generation of female criminal
defense lawyers is critical. Historically women have been
underrepresented in the legal profession as a whole, but in particular
the criminal defense bar. Strides have been made, but it is incumbent
upon women currently in the field to foster the growth of female lawyers
and inspire them to pursue careers in criminal defense. Leadership by
example can make a difference, but being active in a bar association,
hosting and participating in events gear
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