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A WOMAN'S PLACE IS ON THE BENCH
BY JENNIFER BALDINO BONETT
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After 16 years of private practice, Sloviter wanted to consider the law from another angle: She joined the Temple Law faculty where she taught antitrust law, civil procedure, and law and the elderly from 1972 until her appointment to the federal bench in 1979.

She found her experience as a law professor enlightening. "As a young lawyer, I thought that if I succeeded and that became known (I was being carefully observed), then other firms would realize that women lawyers were as competent as men and that would be reflected in the hiring process," she says. "I was amazed to learn from my female students at Temple Law School that they were being asked the same sexist questions to which I had been subjected; they were finding that there was discrimination against them because they were women, and that there was not a general acceptance of young women lawyers." In keeping with her personal promise to upend the status quo, Sloviter helped establish a protocol at Temple Law to deny on-campus recruitment to firms that did not treat female and male applicants equally.

And as a judge she continued to fight for equality for women. In 1980, her first year on the bench, she declined to attend the annual event honoring judges of the Third Circuit because it was being held at the Union League, which did not accept women members. She made her refusal public by sending a copy of her letter to the Lawyers Club, in which she wrote: "I cannot knowingly attend any event at a facility where women are relegated to an inferior position." The following year, the event was held at a place that did accept women.

 
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