The Future of Women in Law: A Q&A with Justice Rochford

Reprinted With Permission from Laura Bagby, Communications Director at the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (2Civility)

When Justice Elizabeth Rochford was elected to the Illinois Supreme Court in November 2022, she joined the most diverse Court in Illinois history. This included a historic majority of five female Justices and three Black Justices.

Throughout her career, Justice Rochford has been deeply committed to issues surrounding women and the law. Her focus has spanned from ensuring access to justice for women through the court system to supporting opportunities for women to cultivating long-term and meaningful careers in the legal profession.

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism had the opportunity to speak to Justice Rochford about the challenges women face in the legal profession, the significance of serving as part of the Court’s historic female majority, and why she is optimistic about the future of women in law.

Read the full article in the WBAI Spring 2023 Newsletter on page 29.