American Female Lawyers & Judges

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 1 Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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Famous As: Associate Justice of US Supreme Court
Birthdate: March 15, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 18, 2020

The first Jewish woman to serve on the US Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a jurist who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. An advocate for gender equality and women's rights, she spent the majority of her legal career championing these causes. She remained professionally active until her death in 2020.

 2 Marcia Clark

Marcia Clark.
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Famous As: Lawyer, Author, TV Correspondent
Birthdate: August 31, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Alameda, California

Marcia Clark is best known as the lead prosecutor of the O.J. Simpson murder trial. She has also written several books, including novels from the Rachel Knight series and the Samantha Brinkman series and a non-fiction about the Simpson case. She has also written crime articles for The Daily Beast.

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 3 Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor.
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: June 25, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States

Sonia Sotomayor, the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of America, entered the record books when in August 2009 she became the first Hispanic and the fourth woman to be appointed to the court. She’s a strong defendant of the rights of accused and has raised her voice against misdemeanors by the police and the prosecutors, and abuses in prisons.

 4 Sandra Day O’Connor

Sandra Day O’Connor.
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Famous As: Former Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
Birthdate: March 26, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, United States

Sandra Day O’Connor is a retired attorney who became the first woman to serve as the associate justice of the Supreme Court of the US when she took office in 1981. While serving as the associate justice, O’Connor was considered one of the most powerful women in the world. In 2009, she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

 5 Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 25, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Plymouth, Minnesota, United States
Politician and lawyer Amy Klobuchar became the first elected female U.S. senator from Minnesota in 2007. She has earlier served as the Hennepin County attorney. She contested in the Democratic presidential primaries in 2020, before withdrawing to endorse Joe Biden. She has authored two books and has won numerous awards.

 6 Jeanine Pirro

Jeanine Pirro.
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Famous As: TV Personality
Birthdate: June 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Elmira, New York

Jeanine Pirro is an American TV host and author. Over the years, she has made important contributions to The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, a syndicated morning talk show. As a former prosecutor and New York State judge, Jeanine Pirro played an important role in several cases involving crimes against the elderly and domestic abuse.

 7 Valerie Jarrett

Valerie Jarrett.
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: November 14, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Shiraz
Valerie Jarrett served as the senior advisor to former president Barack Obama and the director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs from 2009 to 2017. She had previously served Mayor Richard Daley as his deputy chief of staff and had hired Michelle Obama, then-fiancée of Obama.
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 8 Elena Kagan

Elena Kagan.
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Famous As: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Birthdate: April 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Upper West Side, New York, United States

The fourth woman to become part of the Supreme Court of the United States as its member, Elena Kagan was nominated by Barack Obama in 2010 to serve as an Associate Justice of the Court. She played a major role in the Cooper v. Harris case by writing the majority opinion of the case.

 9 Anita Hill

Anita Hill
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Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: July 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Morns, Oklahoma, USA

 10 Kirstjen Nielsen

Kirstjen Nielsen
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Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: May 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.

 11 Maryanne Trump Barry

Maryanne Trump Barry.
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Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: April 5, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Attorney Maryanne Trump Barry, eldest sister of American president Donald Trump, is a former U.S. federal judge. She was an assistant U.S. attorney earlier and has been a judge of the U.S. District of New Jersey. Bill Clinton appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

 12 Maya Harris

Maya Harris.
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: January 30, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Statistical Area

A lawyer, law professor, political analyst and a civil rights activist, Maya Harris’s list of achievements is huge. One of the youngest in the US to become a law school dean, Maya Harris has worked with Hillary Clinton and her own sister Kamala Harris in their respective presidential campaigns.

 13 Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten Gillibrand.
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Famous As: Member of the United States Senate
Birthdate: December 9, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States

Lawyer and politician Kirsten Gillibrand is a member of the Democratic Party. Since 2009, she has served as the junior United States Senator from New York. An alumnus of the UCLA School of Law, she practiced law for a few years before entering politics. She is known for speaking against sexual harassment.

 14 Katie Porter

Katie Porter
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fort Dodge, Iowa, U.S.

Currently a member of the House of Representative from the 45th Congressional District in Orange County, California, American politician Katie Porter practiced law before taking up teaching as her full time profession. Eventually she won the 2018 election to the House and is now a member of the House Natural Resources Committee and deputy chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

 15 Sally Yates

Sally Yates.
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: August 20, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Lawyer Sally Yates has served as a U.S. attorney and the U.S. deputy attorney general. She was also the acting attorney general for 10 days in 2017, until she was dismissed by Donald Trump for refusing to work according to the Executive Order 13769, or the “Muslim ban.” 

 16 Judith Sheindlin

Judith Sheindlin.
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Famous As: Judge, Reality TV Personality
Birthdate: October 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States

Judith Sheindlin is a prosecution lawyer, television personality, and author. Since 1996, she has been presiding over her own arbitration reality court show Judge Judy, which has won four Daytime Emmy Awards. The longest-serving judge in the history of the courtroom-themed program, Judith Sheindlin was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Emmy for her work.

 17 Greta Van Susteren

Greta Van Susteren.
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Famous As: News Anchor
Birthdate: June 11, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Appleton, Wisconsin, USA

Lawyer Greta Van Susteren gained fame as an anchor for CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. She is best known for her 14-year stint on Fox News's On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren and for MSNBC’s For the Record with Greta. She was named one of Forbes's most powerful women.

 18 Sunny Hostin

Sunny Hostin.
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: October 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York

Sunny Hostin is an American journalist, lawyer, and television host. She is best known for co-hosting the popular talk show, The View, for which she has received four Daytime Emmy Award nominations so far. Before appearing on TV, Sunny Hostin served as a federal prosecutor; for successfully prosecuting sex offenders, Hostin was honored with a Special Achievement Award.

 19 Janet Reno

Janet Reno.
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Famous As: 78th Attorney General of the United States
Birthdate: July 21, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Miami, Florida
Died: November 7, 2016

Janet Reno was an American lawyer. From 1993 to 2001, Reno served as the United States attorney general (AG) after she was nominated by President Bill Clinton. Not only was she the first woman to serve as the US attorney general, but Janet Reno was also the second-longest serving AG in the history of the United States.

 20 Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly
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Famous As: Radio personality, Lawyer, Political activist, Journalist
Birthdate: August 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Louis
Died: September 5, 2016

 21 Gloria Allred

Gloria Allred
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Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: July 3, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

 22 Gesine Bullock-Prado

Gesine Bullock-Prado
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Famous As: Chef, Lawyer
Birthdate: March 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

 23 Mazie Hirono

Mazie Hirono
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 3, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fukushima, Japan

 24 Marilyn Milian

Marilyn Milian.
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: May 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Astoria, New York City, New York

 25 Kathleen Zellner

Kathleen Zellner
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: May 7, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Midland, Texas, USA

 26 Kimberly Guilfoyle

Kimberly Guilfoyle.
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Famous As: News Anchor
Birthdate: March 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

One of the prominent speakers at the Republican National Convention 2020 and a vocal supporter of American President, Donald Trump, Kimberly Ann Guilfoyle is a senior advisor and top fundraiser at Trump’s re-election campaign. A former deputy district attorney, prosecutor, legal analyst at CNN and TV host at Fox News, Guilfoyle is rumoured to be the Donald Trump Jr.’s partner.  

 27 Lynn Toler

Lynn Toler
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: October 25, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States

 28 Pam Bondi

Pam Bondi.
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Famous As: Former Florida Attorney General
Birthdate: November 17, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States
Pam Bondi served as the attorney general of Florida from 2011 to 2019. She campaigned against same-sex marriage and launched an unsuccessful lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act. She was on Trump’s defense team for his January 2020 impeachment trial and is said to have received generous donations from Trump.

 29 Jennifer Mulhern Granholm

Jennifer Mulhern Granholm
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Jennifer Mulhern Granholm is a politician, lawyer, educator, and author. She is currently serving as the 16th United States Secretary of Energy, in office since February 2021. Previously, she was the 47th governor of Michigan, the first woman to serve in this position. She was made a Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star in 2010. 

 30 Angela Rye

Angela Rye
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Famous As: Political commentator
Birthdate: October 26, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, U.S.

 31 Jackie Speier

Jackie Speier
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, U.S.

 32 Kate Brown

Kate Brown
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: June 21, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Torrejón de Ardoz, Community of Madrid, Spain

 33 Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: nowrap New York City, New York, U.S.

 34 Amy Coney Barrett

Amy Coney Barrett
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: January 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

 35 Barbara Jordan

Barbara Jordan.
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: February 21, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Houston
Died: January 17, 1996

 36 Maggie Hassan

Maggie Hassan
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

 37 Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States

One of the most popular African American politicians of the U.S., Democratic Party member Stacey Abrams is also the founder of the non-profit Fair Fight Action. A voting rights activist and a minority leader, she became the first Black woman to win the gubernatorial nomination of any state in the U.S.

 38 Michelle Lujan Grisham

Michelle Lujan Grisham
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States

 39 Amy Chua

Amy Chua
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: October 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Champaign, Illinois Champaign, Illinois, U.S.

 40 Lori Lightfoot

Lori Lightfoot
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: August 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Massillon, Ohio, United States

 41 Liz Cheney

Liz Cheney.
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Famous As: U.S. Representative
Birthdate: July 28, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States

Liz Cheney is an American politician and attorney. Since 2017, Liz Cheney has been serving as Wyoming's at-large congressional district's U.S. Representative. The elder daughter of ex-Vice President Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney is credited with co-founding a nonprofit organization called Keep America Safe, which aims at combating national security issues.

 42 Kim McGuire

Kim McGuire
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: December 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: September 14, 2016

 43 Faith Jenkins

Faith Jenkins.
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Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: 1977 AD
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana

 44 Savannah Guthrie

Savannah Guthrie
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Famous As: Broadcaster
Birthdate: December 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

NBC News anchor and broadcast journalist Savannah Guthrie is best known for co-anchoring the show Today. She appeared in the series finale of 30 Rock. She has penned two children’s books, too. She is also a practicing lawyer and has worked with domestic abuse victims.

 45 Lisa Bloom

Lisa Bloom
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Famous As: Attorney at law, Journalist, Lawyer
Birthdate: September 20, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: California

 46 Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States

 47 Letitia James

Letitia James
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: October 18, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 48 Gretchen Whitmer

Gretchen Whitmer
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan Lansing, Michigan, U.S.

 49 Bella Savitsky Abzug

Bella Savitsky Abzug
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: July 24, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: United States
Died: March 31, 1998

 50 Tipper Gore

Tipper Gore
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Famous As: Advocate
Birthdate: August 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Mary Elizabeth Gore, better known as Tipper Gore, was married to former American president Al Gore. She had a major role in establishing the Parents Music Resource Center, which made CDs carry parental advisory stickers, to prevent their children from listening to music laced with profanity.