First Women in Law

At the turn of the century, Georgia was one of three states that did not allow women to practice law. That changed in 1911, when Minnie Anderson Hale graduated from the Atlanta Law School and was denied admission to the bar because of her sex. A new bill was introduced but not signed until 1916, making her the first official woman lawyer in Georgia/Atlanta. 

It was not until 1943 that Rachel Pruden Herndon became the first Black woman to practice law in the city and state. She never went to law school, instead learned from her boss, A.T. Walden, by reading all the books in the office and through a correspondence course.

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