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Joanne Garvey Honored at American Bar Association National Meeting
Joanne Garvey ’61 will be honored at the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award Ceremony on Sunday, August 10, in San Francisco. Part of the ABA annual meeting, the luncheon ceremony honors five women who have excelled in the legal profession and helped pave the way for other female attorneys. The award is presented by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.

Garvey is a partner specializing in taxation at Heller Ehrman in San Francisco. In 1994 she argued the constitutionality of the California Unitary Tax before the U.S. Supreme Court in Barclays Bank v. Franchise Tax Board. The first woman elected to the State Bar Board of Governors, she served as president of such organizations as the Bar Association of San Francisco and the Barristers Club of San Francisco. She is co-founder of California Women Lawyers and the Women's Caucus of the American Bar Association.

The Commission on Women in the Profession was created in 1987 to assess the status of women in the legal profession; identify barriers to advancement; and to secure the full and equal participation of women in the ABA, the legal profession and the justice system. Drawing upon the expertise and diverse backgrounds of its members, the commission develops programs, policies and publications to advance and assist women in law school, academia, public and private practice, and the judiciary.

Online registration for the event is available on the ABA website. For more information, please contact Erin Campbell at 510-643-8010 or




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