This room is filled with many women lawyers. All of us loved John Pickering and are in his debt, but we are only a small number of those who do. For many decades, John guided young, and I must admit not so young, women lawyers to positions where they could stand up for their own rights and the rights of others. He worked with us to champion the causes that matter most to women and their families. John used his great stature and the enormous respect that he garnered to open doors for women to leadership positions in the bar, just as Elaine Jones recounted to you, on prestigious commissions and committees and, of course, in his own firm. He gave them the chance to serve and to shine.
Tribute to John Pickering,
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