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Swoboda, Marian J.; Roberts, Audrey J. / Wisconsin women, graduate school, and the professions
(1980)

Doyle, Ruth B.
Chapter 7: Women and the law school: from a trickle to a flood,   pp. 65-73 ff.


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movement and a founder of the Women's International League for Peace and
Freedom. But she never practiced law.6
Others, who came along after Belle LaFollette, and who did practice law,
found various ways, almost always with difficulty, to accomplish their pur-
poses.
Some of them found their niches in private practice - in family firms.
Nancy Murry Barkla (class of 1952), River Falls, established partnership
with
her father; so did Cecilia Doyle of Fond du Lac (class of 1927), and Miriam
Frye of Oshkosh (class of 1924). Others, such as Marjorie Loomis Marshall
(class of 1936), and Mordella Dahl Shearer (class of 1947), became the
partners of their husbands. Still others, like Norma Goldstein Zarky (class
of
1940), became partners in the big firms with which their husbands were asso-
ciated.
Dorothy Walker (class of 1920), Portage, is the most enduring and promi-
nent example of the successful woman in her own private practice. She, after
graduating, joined a firm in Portage. She served two terms as district attorney
of Columbia County starting at age twenty-three. Member of a firm for almost
twenty years, she has also been a solo practitioner since 1938. She has felt
no
need to become liberated. In her case, "the subject never came up."
These women have succeeded well in the traditional practice of law.
Others have chosen other paths to success. What follows are only samples.
Beatrice Lampert, class of 1924, retired in 1967 as assistant attorney
general of Wisconsin, a position she had held for twenty-five years.
Lampert started her career three years after her graduation from law
school. Jobs did not come easily. She was hired in the Madison city attorney's
office, as a secretary-law clerk, and worked her way into a professional
job.
She became a hearing examiner for the Wisconsin Public Service Commission
before joining the attorney general's staff.
Her career was one of great prestige and responsibility. She often repre-
sented the State of Wisconsin in argument in the Supreme Court of the
United States. Remarkable as that was in her time, more remarkable now is
the fact that four years ago, after nine years of retirement, she again became
an assistant attorney general of Wisconsin, and works part-time at the work
she did so well and enjoyed so much. She works on one case at a time and
feels none of the pressure she felt earlier.
Except for four years salaried service to the Legal Aid program in Mil-
waukee County, Dorothy Clark von Briesen (class of 1936) has had a long
and satisfying career as a volunteer lawyer. For many years she has partici-
pated in a lawyer referral service sponsored by the Milwaukee County Bar
As-
sociation. She works a regular schedule - two months almost full time dur-
ing the winter and fewer - but regular - hours during the rest of the year.
On a usual day of service, she interviews thirty clients, with a vast variety
of
problems, and refers them to lawyers who can be helpful. She also serves
on
the volunteer staff of the little-publicized Counselling Center for Youth
in
Milwaukee.
Looking back on her long career, which started as a social worker while a
student and as a new graduate from Northwestern University, von Briesen
asserts that her father "did not waste his money" by investing
in her legal
education.
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