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A WOMAN'S PLACE IS ON THE BENCH
BY JENNIFER BALDINO BONETT
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"Not a single law firm to which I applied would even give me an interview and I was turned down for two federal clerkships because of my sex," Kravitch says. "One district judge, with whom I interviewed, told me that he had no objection to a female clerk and, if he could not find a qualified male, he would certainly offer me the appointment."

Kravitch returned home to Savannah, Georgia, to enter her fatherís firm. She recounts her first trial experience: "The following day the presiding judge sent for my father to announce that every lawyer who had seen me in the courtroom the preceding day had called to object to my presence," she recalls. "The judge stated that he agreed with them that women did not belong in a courtroom and that I should limit my practice to matters other than litigation. Not one to be swayed by local prejudice, my father replied that I had the same right to practice as the male attorneys and they would have to get used to me."

Over time, they did. Kravitch first made history with her election as the first woman superior court judge in Georgia. In 1979, Kravitch became the first woman appointed as a federal judge in the Southeast United States, and only the third to serve as a U.S. Circuit Judge. She now serves on the Eleventh Circuit.

 
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