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Youngest Lawyer: 1922

Youngest Lawyer: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Pauline Floyd, 24, youngest lawyer ever admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court." View full size.

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This could make a good movie!

Very nice photo and information. I could never have imagined this.

And in the movie...

She would have been played by Debra Winger!

A tesatment to feminine intelligence!

Way to go, Ms. Floyd! You became a force to be reckoned with. The old boys in the ABA must have been quaking in their boots.

[The title says it all! - Dave]

Quick study

This member of Washington's Business High School Class of 1915 was characterized in a July 1920 news story as a divorce specialist who was about to relocate from Washington to Reno to "find divorce cases worthy of her talents." How could one become a lawyer four years after high school? It was reported that she had taken "special courses in domestic relations at the Washington College of Law." The first law school founded by women, it's now part of American University. In an article published two years later (at the time of this photo), she was still in Washington. Then the trail runs cold, in D.C., Nevada, and elsewhere.

[She was also president of her senior class in law school. When she died in 1968 she was married to Lee Somers. - Dave]


And here is another photo of Miss Floyd, taking notes at a meeting between Women's Suffrage activists Mrs. Lawrence Lewis and Alice Paul:

Ambitious Look

From looking at her photo, you just know that Miss Floyd would be going places.

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