Ella Knowles 1889

Full name: Ella L. Knowles Haskell First Woman Admitted to Practice in Montana Admitted to Practice before the United States Supreme Court 1906 ++++++++++++ 19 October 1896 — Daily Chronicle — “Mrs. E. K. Haskell” +++++“A question I am often asked is how it is that I, a woman, can earn $10,000 fees when so … Continue reading Ella Knowles 1889

“Law, Politics, Love” — E. Knowles

10 December 1895 — Atlanta Constitution “Entertaining History of the Marvelous Achievements of One Woman. +++++Her Triumphs at the Bar; Acquired a Big Practice — ++++++++++Appointed Assistant Attorney General Wedded to the Attorney General” +++++The census of the country records 110 women lawyers.  The most remarkable and successful of this number — one of the most remarkable … Continue reading “Law, Politics, Love” — E. Knowles

Admission to Practice — 1889

“General Laws of Montana, Enacted by the Sixteenth Legislative Assembly. +++++++++++++++ATTORNEYS AT LAW A BILL for an act to amend Section One Hundred and Two, Chapter Nine of the Fifth Division of the Compiled Laws of Montana, relating to admitting to practice Attorneys at Law Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of … Continue reading Admission to Practice — 1889

Articles — Nonfiction

Carol Sanger, “Curriculum Vitae (Feminae):  Biography and Early American Women Lawyers,” 46 Stanford L. Rev. 1245 (1994) Barbara Allen Babcock, “Western Women Lawyers,” 45 Stan. L. Rev. 2179 (1993) Barbara Allen Babcock, “Women Defenders in the West,” 1 Nev. L.J. 1 (2001) Barbara Allen Babcock, “Foreword:  A Real Revolution,” 49 U. Kan. L. Rev. 719 … Continue reading Articles — Nonfiction

Elsa Marie Fasel ’14

Full name: Elsa Marie Fasel Gillette Birth: +++++24 June 1885 in Iowa Parents: +++++John Fazel and Babette Schiezel Occupation Prior to Law Study: +++++Teacher Law Study: +++++Silver Bow Law School, about 1914 Admitted to Practice: +++++Montana 1914 Marriage: +++++Frank A. Gillette, on 18 June 1915, in Idaho Residences: Butte, MT Portland, OR Died: +++++20 April … Continue reading Elsa Marie Fasel ’14


August 22, 1848 — The Sun +++++“Women in Men’s Clothing are become unusually numerous in different cities. They are probably returned delegates from the Women’s Rights Convention.” August 22, 1881 — The Sedalia Weekly Bazoo +++++“Petticoats and Pants +++++There is a class of women who barely escaped being men. Masculinity is apparent in their craniological … Continue reading 1840-1899

Eveleen Kennedy ’01

Full name: Eveleen Kennedy Bryan 2 August 1900 — Daily Inter Mountain +++++“Miss Eveleen Kennedy, a practicing lawyer of Miles City, has written to the attorney general to know if she would be eligible to hold the office of county attorney, if elected this fall.” 4 August 1900 — Daily Inter Mountain +++++“Attorney General Nolan … Continue reading Eveleen Kennedy ’01

Marguerite Young ’10

Full Name: Marguerite (or Margaret) Rafter Young Birth: +++++3 February 1882, in Madelia, Minnesota Law Study: LL.B., Valparaiso University, 1908 “She stood very high in her classes while in this Department.” M. J. Bowman, Dean Admission to Practice: Indiana, 1908 Montana, 1910 Married: +++++Harry G. (Garfield) Young on 15 August 1902 Law Practice:  Young & … Continue reading Marguerite Young ’10