In recognition of Women's History Month and of International Women's Day on March 8, it is important to remember some of the admirable women who have pioneered through the legal field among mostly men and paved the way for future generations of females to enter this field.
Below, we talk to SKG Attorney Lorene Piatt about her career, the women who have inspired her and her thoughts on the future of law for women.
What brought you into the field of law?
The legal field, traditionally known as a male-dominated field, has been evolving from that statistic for more than the past century. Nonetheless, I chose to enter the legal field because of an internal desire to do more and a belief that I could have a more positive impact on others.
The law is as fluid as water, constantly changing and evolving, and therefore, constantly interesting.
My thirst to learn, to improve, and to positively impact others is what initially brought me into the field of law. What has kept me in the field of law is the creativity and the opportunities that it affords.
Who are some of the women you admire that have made an impact in law?
I have admiration for all trailblazing females in the legal profession and the male professionals that helped them along the way. The small, sometimes difficult, day-to-day choices aggregately allowed these pioneers to reach their achievements. It is those moments that few see that define these individuals.
One of the most prominent female figures in the legal profession today is Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. However, long before being appointed to the United States Supreme Court, she was advocating for gender equality and was the first female to hold positions traditionally only held by men at that time.
The Honorable Rosemary Barkett has paved the way for females, specifically in Florida, as she was the first woman to take on the following roles: Circuit Court Judge in Palm Beach County, Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal Judge, Florida Supreme Court Justice, and Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court.
I also admire anyone who chooses to mentor others as I believe it is important to help those that follow you to achieve their goals and dreams.
What advice do you have for girls and women who want to be lawyers/attorneys, or go into law as a career?
For those women that want to enter the legal profession, I would urge them to explore all the diverse opportunities that the legal profession can offer them.
Looking back, before I ever even considered being an attorney, I thought that all lawyers go to court and litigate. I was completely blind to the many other positions and niche legal areas that were available.
Get real-world legal experience either before or while attending law school in different types and fields of the law. This will help you understand the demands and skills necessary for each different type of law because it can vary.
Choose an area of the law that highlights your strengths and suits the type of lifestyle that you would like to live.
Finally, be honest with both others and yourself, be true to yourself, trust your gut, and work hard.
 Kelly Buchanan, Women in History, The Library of Congress (Mar. 6, 2015), https://blogs.loc.gov/law/2015/03/women-in-history-lawyers-and-judges.
 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Biography, A & E Television Networks Biography (Feb. 12, 2018), https://www.biography.com/people/ruth-bader-ginsburg-9312041.
 Interview by Pamela I. Perry for the ABA Senior Lawyers Division Women Trailblazers in the Law with the Honorable Rosemary Barkett, (Nov. 2, 2006, Oct. 29, 2007, Oct. 11, 2007, & Nov. 2009), Transcript available at: https://www.americanbar.org/directories/women_trailblazers_project_listing/the_honorable_rosemary_barkett.html.