C2: Massachusetts Bar Assocation

Pictured Above: A 1940s class in legal history
Location: 20 West Street

The first woman member of the Massachusetts Bar Association was Mary A. Mahan of West Roxbury, who was admitted in 1913. Many women lawyers in Boston attended Portia School of Law, established in 1908. After Mahan was admitted along with thirty-four men, a member spoke up saying he hoped her admission would "not interfere with our banquets and prevent smoking," but, he added, showing his pride in their action, "the question of women members has been brought before the American Bar Association and the members have dodged it,"

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