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Thursday, July 21, 2022

The Portia Project

Need a little inspiration? You and your students may enjoy The Portia Project podcast, which has inspiring interviews with extraordinary women lawyers. The women lawyers interviewed include a number of notable "firsts," and some of them are personal heroes of mine. The podcast was founded by M.C. Sungaila, an extraordinary appellate attorney who has briefed and argued appeals raising cutting-edge and fundamental business issues for over two decades. I've known her since we clerked together on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and I've cheered as she's been recognized for over a decade by the Daily Journal as one of California’s 100 Leading Women Lawyers. Borrowing from her own inspiring bio, "she is also frequently recognized for her sustained commitment to community service and pro bono work, particularly on behalf of women and girls. She was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, an honor she shares with seven U.S. Presidents, Nobel Prize winners, athletes, leaders of industry, artists, and others whose work has had a lasting impact on humanity, for her combined professional achievements and humanitarian and pro bono work."

Although I felt underqualified to be included in this august group of women, I was thrilled to get to talk with M.C. in Episode 25, and I am eagerly awaiting an upcoming episode in which M.C. interviews my hero Ann Covington, the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Missouri. Getting to know Ann was a true highlight of my time as dean of the University of Missouri Law School, and I have learned so much from her stellar example. 




Posted by Lyrissa Lidsky on July 21, 2022 at 08:05 PM in Gender, Lyrissa Lidsky, Teaching Law | Permalink


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