Clarice Baright was one of the first women admitted to the American Bar Association and the second woman to become a magistrate in New York City. Baright took night classes at NYU Law School and, despite women being ineligible for law degrees, she took the bar exam in 1905. She focused her law career on juvenile delinquency and wrote several books on the psychology of child crime. She was also the first to bring an official motion to demand women judges, at a time when women still did not have the right to vote. She was recommended for the bench in 1915, but was rejected because she was Jewish, finally earning the honor in 1925 as a brief replacement for a judge who was ill. Though she fought for a more permanent place on the bench, she was repeatedly denied. Despite this, she had a distinguished career and was the first woman to try a case before an army court-martial. She joined a law practice and became a full partner in 1950, retiring in 1958.
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