ABA book wins ACLEA Outstanding Publication Achievement Award

Published by the American Bar Association, “Her Honor: Stories of Challenge and Triumph from Women Judges,” a collection of personal stories by and about some of the most revered and influential women judges in the United States, is the winner of the 2023 Association of Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Publications.

“We are delighted that editor Lauren Stiller Rikleen and the ABA Judicial Division have received the 2023 ACLEA award for Outstanding Achievement in Publications,” said Donna Gollmer, director of ABA Publishing. “Rikleen has gathered narratives that profoundly illuminate both the remarkable accomplishments of these judges and the daunting challenges they have overcome.  Their vision, grace, courage and resolve have made our justice system better and created a positive difference in the world, and their personal stories offer us inspiration and hope.”

The 25 judges featured in “Her Honor” are from all levels of the state and federal courts, including chief judges and two Supreme Court justices. The authors openly share examples of their challenges and successes, including the inequality, bias and other barriers they overcame in their lives. Their moving stories will be all too recognizable to those experiencing similar challenges and biases in their own careers.

“Her Honor” also demonstrates how the best of our judges share a passion for ensuring an accessible and fair system of justice, without a political agenda. They reveal a deep compassion for humanity along with an abiding respect for the law, respecting precedent but acting with courage if the law offers a way forward.

Editor Lauren Stiller Rikleen is a board member and interim executive director of Lawyers Defending American Democracy, an organization devoted to the protection of democracy and the rule of law. She is also president of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership, and is a nationally known speaker, trainer, author and consultant focused on building a diverse, respectful and inclusive workplace culture. The ABA has previously published two of Rikleen’s books: “The Shield of Silence: How Power Perpetuates a Culture of Harassment and Bullying in the Workplace” and “You Raised Us, Now Work With Us – Millennials, Career Success, and Building Strong Workplace Teams.”

Rikleen is a former law firm equity partner and founder of the firm’s environmental law practice. 

For 20 years, she was recognized in Best Lawyers in America; she was also recognized in Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers and in Massachusetts Super Lawyers.

The book is available as a softcover for $24.95. 

To order online, visit www.americanbar.org/products/inv/book/427582689.

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