Listee Features — Law

Nancy Judy


Having two uncles who were both state legislative representatives, as well as a cousin who was a first admiral in the U.S. Navy, the politics in Hon. Nancy E. Bailey Judy’s family inspired her to serve her community and become involved as a county commissioner. She began her career as a member of the Dallas Independent School District school board in 1972, remaining in this role for four years before serving as executive director of the Dallas County Republican Party in 1977. She then became a judge and county commissioner within the Dallas County Commissioners Court from 1979 until her retirement in 1994. In addition to this tenure, Hon. Judge Judy ran for congress in 1976, also serving as an

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Iulia Taranu


An expert in many areas of law including employment and labor law, commercial and business litigation, complex commercial litigation and national insurance coverage, Iulia A. Taranu, JD, recalls doing an internship at a law firm during her senior year at Arizona State University. Prior to the experience, she never considered going into law before. She originally had aspirations to work for the FBI, which is why she choose criminology as an undergraduate. Once she got to the stage to apply, she realized that was not the path she wished to continue to pursue. Ms. Taranu knew that she did not have many options with a degree in criminology, so she decided she would seek higher education. The firm that she

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Linda Hopkins


Linda Kay Hopkins was interested in the challenges of the law since she was in grade school. While in college, she wanted to study the law, but was told by her employer that “no one uses a female lawyer.” Discouraged but still interested, Ms. Hopkins worked in a related field. In her late 30s, her husband prevented her from enrollment in law school; following enrollment in a master’s program, he left her. Ms. Hopkins discovered how the legal system fails to protect vulnerable people. She was determined to become an attorney, despite her discouragements. Ms. Hopkins began her career as a hearing assistant in the Social Security Administration Office of Appeals in Minneapolis in 1972. She remained in this position for

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Achieving excellence early on as valedictorian of her eighth-grade class, Vivian M. Cline attended an attorney assistance program through the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). After graduating from high school and college, she held a number of minor jobs, including as a paralegal for the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) in North Hollywood, California, from 1976 to 1978, before serving as general counsel for Raymond Schuller, which is where Ms. Cline’s true interest in legal work began. Raymond Schuller was a good mentor and planted a seed in her. After receiving a certificate from the program at UCLA, she relocated from Los Angeles and got a position at Smith International in Newport Beach, California, in its legal department in

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Loving history for as long as she can remember, Rosemary F. Carroll, PhD, JD, grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, where history was all around her. Going back to her mother and as far back as her grandparents, she recalled that they all also had a love for history. As a child, her and her parents would take trips to visit various historical places. She moved to Newport, Rhode Island, when she was 5 years old to a historical home built in the Gilded Age in 1743. She later moved back to Providence, which her grandfather always spoke about. Since 2001, Dr. Carroll has been recognized as a Henry and Margaret Haegg Distinguished Professor in History emerita at Coe College

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Julie Poirier


Dealing with serious injuries, from catastrophic to surgical, paraplegic, and amputees, Julie M. Poirier, JD, originally planned on attending medical school. After realizing how difficult the field of law truly was, it only inspired her to try harder and succeed beyond the expectations of both herself and others, considering herself an “underdog.” Ms. Poirier is currently the principal of her own firm, the Poirier Law Firm, LLC, since 2015. Prior to this role, she was a senior workers’ compensation and personal injury lawyer at the Law Office of Perry Dean Ellis from 1999 to 2015. Before starting her career, Ms. Poirier pursued a formal education at the University of Georgia, where she was a member of the UGA American Society

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The president and owner of Sunrise Title Services since 2006, Patricia “Patty” Fisher-Dally is distinguished for her expertise in renewing and reviewing titles. She has more than 35 years of real estate and title experience, so she is well positioned to help her clients with everything from searching titles and plots to assisting attorneys with cases. Her main goal is to protect homebuyers. Ms. Fisher-Dally began her journey through the field right out of high school when she was hired to work for Robert Berry, a land surveyor. She spent nine years with him before he moved his office location. She elected to remain where she was, so she joined the office a real estate attorney. Eventually, Ms. Fisher-Dally and

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Carolyn Zollar


Inspired by a constitutional law course in college, Carolyn C. Zollar has dedicated her career to the field. She started out as an assistant to William Anderson, a congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives, after which she advanced to roles like planning consultant, legal assistant, and government and external relations assistant at the National Institute of Education, and associate at Joe W. Fleming II, Professional Corporation. During this time, Ms. Zollar built a strong reputation for her understanding of lobbying and the U.S. budgeting process. She also used her role to mentor young women coming into the industry. After seven years with Joe W. Fleming II, Ms. Zollar left to focus her legal knowledge on another issue she was

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Raised by progressive parents, Rosemary McAuliffe and her sister were always encouraged to pursue their dreams. Ms. McAuliffe wasn’t entirely sure where her path would lead her, but her sister was set on law. Upon graduating Regis College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1949, Ms. McAuliffe decided to follow in her sister’s footsteps. She proceeded to earn a JD from New England Law School in 1954 and to be admitted to practice before the state of Massachusetts, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Degrees in hand, Ms. McAuliffe set out into the field. She opened her own private practice in Boston in 1956, and remains there to

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When Holly Peacock Young saw how many inequities and conflicts there were in the country, she decided she had to do something to help. Law initially seemed the perfect way to achieve her goals, but she quickly realized how often cases could be resolved by people sitting down and talking with one another. This inspired Ms. Young to alter her direction and pursue mediation instead. She spent four years as a mediator with Settlement Consultants, Inc., before branching out on her own. Her focuses include civil cases, dispute resolution, probate, estate planning, and commercial family education. To prepare for her endeavors, Ms. Young studied at Dartmouth College in 1970 and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College in 1971,

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