March is Women’s History Month! In celebration, we will be highlighting some of the incredible women that have helped to shape our country’s legal system and our firm.
We could not start this blog without mentioning Margaret Brent. An English immigrant to the Colony of Maryland, Margaret was the first woman to argue a case in common law court. She was also the first female in the New World to appear before the assembly and request the right to vote. Court records show Margaret’s name 134 times between 1642 and 1650, during which time she represented herself and her brothers, suing for debts and “protecting her interests.” While she might not have been a licensed attorney, Margaret was an original and made legal history. It would be another 200 years before the United States would have its first official female attorney, a woman named Arabella Mansfield.
Fast forward to today, let’s take a look at one of our beloved members of the Altman team, Brenda Bosch. Brenda is Gary’s longest practicing partner in the firm. After graduating from Dartmouth College magna cum laude, Brenda attended the University of Virginia Law School, where she earned order of the Coif honors. After law school, Brenda clerked for the Hon. Albert V. Bryan, Jr. in the Eastern District of Virginia. Brenda was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 1992, the District of Columbia Bar in 1994, and joined Gary in 1996 to practicing estate law. She is an accomplished attorney, having drafted and created the wills and trusts for which Altman & Associates is known. Brenda is also an incredible mentor to other members of our legal team. Our firm would not be what it is today without Brenda’s contribution and the partnership that she and Gary have built together over the past 25 years.
Stay tuned for more Women's History Month spotlights!