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Maine Women Attorneys: A Photo History
Gail Laughlin, Esq.
Portland, Maine.

Admitted to the Maine Bar in 1923.

First woman lawyer to serve in the Maine Legislature (1929).
Chair of Senate Judiciary (1939-1943).

Source: Legislative Biographies, Published 1941.
Helen Knowlton, Esq.
Rockland, Maine.

Admitted to the Maine Bar in 1899.

Source: An Album of the Attorneys of Maine,
(News Publishing Company, Bethel, Maine 1902)

Belle Leavitt, Esq.
Sanford, Maine.

Admitted to the Maine Bar in 1900.

Source: An Album of the Attorneys of Maine,
(News Publishing Company, Bethel, Maine 1902)

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Eva Bean (Morgan), Esq.
Old Orchard & Saco, Maine.

Admitted to the Maine Bar in 1909.

Reprinted from the Maine Register, 1909 - 1910.



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Machias and Columbia Falls
Rockland
Sanford
Skowhegan
Old Orchard and Saco
Old Orchard
Saco
Portland
Bangor
Bangor
Washington County
Augusta
Portland
Saco
Portland
Portland
Augusta
Lewiston
Searsmont and Belfast
Lewiston
Lewiston
Portland
Bristol
Portland
Portland
Yarmouth
Portland
Lewiston
Lewiston
Portland
Union
Lewiston (not active)
Freeport
Portland
Portland
Farmington
Bangor
Augusta
Skowhegan
Pine Tree, Presque Isle
Portland
Bangor
Portland
AAG
Portland
Augusta
Rockland
Portland
Portland?
Cape Elizabeth
Lewiston
ME Bar
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Date           Name

1872          Clara Hapgood Nash 1
1899          Helen Knowlton
1900          Belle Ashton Leavitt
1906          Ethel Walton Abbott
1909          Eva Bean Morgan
1909          Elizabeth Calley
1911          Mary Alma Bradbury
ca. 1915    Adeline Bond Rines
1915          Ada M. Gleszer 2
1916          Gladys M. Niles
1920          Abbie Hill
1920          Iola S. Kearney
1923          Gail Laughlin 3
1927          Margaret Harford Currie
1927          Ethel Turner
1928          Margaret Smith
1931          Lois Birkenwald
1932          Alice Parker
1932          Louise Holmes
1934          Marguerite O'Roak
1935          Grace Lawton
1935          Elizabeth Siteman
1936          Margaret Sproul
1936          Marguerite Fay
1936          Laura Stanley
1937          Helen Ross Ayer
1937          Selma Black
1937          Marguerite Larock
1940          Irene Woodhead
1941          Sigrid Tompkins 4*
1942          Martha Merrill
1952          Jane Taintor
1953          Bertha Rideout *
1954          Harriet Henry 5*
1960          Kimberly Hibbs
1965          Ruth Pullen *
1966          Sue Kominsky *
1968          Paula Sawyer *
1969          Patricia Danisinka-Washburn *
1970          Sue Calkins *
1970          Caroline Glassman 6 *
1971          Mary Louis Kurr *
1971          Mary Kay Brennan *
1972          Rae Ann French *
1972          Judy Potter *
1972          Jessie Gunther 7 *
1973          Jean Chalmers *
1973          Katherine Greenleaf *
1973          Annee Tara *
1973          Paula Elkins *
1973          Fredda Wolf *
Chronological List of Women Attorneys in Maine thru July 1974
*   In Practice in July 1974.
1   First women lawyer in Maine and New England; 5th in the United States.
2    First woman graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, but unclear whether admitted.
3    First woman lawyer to serve in the Legislature (1929)(Chair of Senate Judiciary 1939-43).
4   First woman partner in a major law firm.
5   First woman District Court Judge.
6   First woman on Maine Law Court.
7   First woman Superior Court Justice.
MTJ & PHM, July 7, 2001.
Revised by PHM, July 17, 2002.
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Alice Parker, Esq.
Lewiston, Maine.

Admitted to the Maine Bar in 1932.

First woman lawyer to argue a case before the Maine Supreme Court.

Source: Lewiston Journal, September 15, 1952.
Marguerite O'Roak, Esq.
Lewiston, Maine.

Admitted to the Maine Bar in 1934.

Source: Lewiston Journal, August 27, 1952.
Irene Woodhead, Esq.
Lewiston, Maine.

Admitted to the Maine Bar in 1940.

Source: Lewiston Journal, September 8, 1952.
Editor's Note: Please contact Margaret T. Johnson, Paul H. Mills, or the editor if you know of any Maine women attorneys admitted prior to 1974 who are not on the list.
Click here to return to Margaret T. Johnson Interview (July 2001)

Click here to return to Paul H. Mills Interview (July/August 2002)
Click here to go to Chronological Chart of Early Maine Women Attorneys.
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