American Female Lawyers & Judges

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 1 
Sonia Sotomayor
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (since 2009))

Sonia Sotomayor
15
Birthdate: June 25, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: 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.

 2 
Marcia Clark
(Prosecutor, Writer)

Marcia Clark
6
Birthdate: August 31, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Alameda, California, United States

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.

 3 
Jeanine Pirro
(American Conservative Television Host and A Former New York State Judge)

Jeanine Pirro
8
Birthdate: June 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Elmira, New York, United States

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.

 4 
Sandra Day O’Connor
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1981-2006))

Sandra Day O’Connor
4
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 
Elena Kagan
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (Since 2010))

Elena Kagan
5
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.

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Kirsten Gillibrand
(Member of the United States Senate)

Kirsten Gillibrand
5
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.

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Kirstjen Nielsen
5
Birthdate: May 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.
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 8 
Judith Sheindlin
(TV personality)

Judith Sheindlin
12
Birthdate: October 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, 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.

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Maya Harris
(Lawyer, Political scientist, Writer)

Maya Harris
18
Birthdate: January 30, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, United States

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.

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Savannah Guthrie
(Broadcaster)

Savannah Guthrie
5
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.

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Sally Yates
(Lawyer)

Sally Yates
5
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.” 

 12 
Katie Porter
(Politician)

Katie Porter
6
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.

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Valerie Jarrett
5
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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Sunny Hostin
(Lawyer, Journalist, Television Host)

Sunny Hostin
6
Birthdate: October 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

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.

 15 
Gloria Allred
(Attorney)

Gloria Allred
8
Birthdate: July 3, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

 16 
Mazie Hirono
(Politician)

Mazie Hirono
4
Birthdate: November 3, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fukushima, Japan

 17 
Janet Reno
(United States Attorney General (1993-2001))

Janet Reno
5
Birthdate: July 21, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
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.

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Lynn Toler
(Judge)

Lynn Toler
4
Birthdate: October 25, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States

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Kathleen Zellner
4
Birthdate: May 7, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Midland, Texas, USA

 20 
Marilyn Milian
(Judge, TV personality)

Marilyn Milian
6
Birthdate: May 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Astoria, New York, United States

 21 
Pam Bondi
(Former Florida Attorney General)

Pam Bondi
6
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.

 22 
Angela Rye
(Political commentator)

Angela Rye
4
Birthdate: October 26, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, U.S.

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Gesine Bullock-Prado
(Pastry chef, TV personality, author)

Gesine Bullock-Prado
4
Birthdate: March 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

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Jennifer Mulhern Granholm
5
Birthdate: February 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vancouver, 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. 

 25 
Janet Napolitano
(Politician)

Janet Napolitano
4
Birthdate: November 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: nowrap New York City, New York, U.S.

 26 
Kate Brown
(Lawyer)

Kate Brown
4
Birthdate: June 21, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Torrejón de Ardoz, Community of Madrid, Spain

 27 
Amy Klobuchar
(Politician)

Amy Klobuchar
6
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.

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Barbara Jordan
3
Birthdate: February 21, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Houston
Died: January 17, 1996

 29 
Anita Hill
(Attorney)

Anita Hill
7
Birthdate: July 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Morns, Oklahoma, USA

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Maryanne Trump Barry
6
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.

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Amy Coney Barrett
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)

Amy Coney Barrett
20
Birthdate: January 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Faith Jenkins
(Attorney)

Faith Jenkins
4
Birthdate: 1977 AD
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana

 33 
Stacey Abrams
(Politician)

Stacey Abrams
5
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.

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Michelle Lujan Grisham
3
Birthdate: October 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States

 35 

Saule Omarova
0
Birthdate: November 2, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: West Kazakhstan Province, Kazakhstan

 36 
Liz Cheney
(U.S. Representative)

Liz Cheney
4
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.

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Laverne Cox
(First Transgender Person To Appear on Cover of 'Time' Magazine)

Laverne Cox
0
Birthdate: May 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States

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

 39 
Phyllis Schlafly
(Radio personality, Lawyer, Political activist, Journalist)

Phyllis Schlafly
6
Birthdate: August 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Louis
Died: September 5, 2016

American attorney and author Phyllis Schlafly was a major figure of paleoconservativism and was against feminism, LGBT rights, and abortion. She was also behind the STOP ERA campaign against the Equal Rights Amendment, and her life and times were portrayed in the series Mrs. America, which had Cate Blanchett playing her.

 40 
Amy Chua
(Lawyer)

Amy Chua
3
Birthdate: October 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Champaign, Illinois Champaign, Illinois, U.S.

 41 
Gretchen Whitmer
(Politician)

Gretchen Whitmer
4
Birthdate: August 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan Lansing, Michigan, U.S.

 42 
Rashida Tlaib
(Politician)

Rashida Tlaib
4
Birthdate: July 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Madalyn Murray O'Hair
4
Birthdate: April 13, 1919
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beechview, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: September 29, 1995

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Bella Savitsky Abzug
(Former Politician, Lawyer known as a leading figure in what came to be known as eco-feminism, founder of National Women's Political Caucus)

Bella Savitsky Abzug
3
Birthdate: July 24, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: March 31, 1998

 45 
Tipper Gore
(Advocate)

Tipper Gore
4
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.

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Judy Smith
(Crisis manager)

Judy Smith
3
Birthdate: October 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
4
Birthdate: July 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

 48 
Frances Perkins
(United States Secretary of Labor (1933-45))

Frances Perkins
3
Birthdate: April 10, 1880
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 14, 1965

 49 
Jackie Speier
(Politician)

Jackie Speier
4
Birthdate: May 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, U.S.

 50 
Kamala Harris
(First Female Vice President of the United States)

Kamala Harris
1
Birthdate: October 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States

A Democrat politician and lawyer, Kamala Harris is the vice president-elect of the United States. She will assume the office on 20 January 2021, alongside President-elect Joe Biden.  Half-Indian, half-Jamaican, Harris is the first woman, the first Black person and the first Asian-American to be elected vice president.