Female lawyers can come across as less combative and less confident than male lawyers at the U.S. Supreme Court, two reasons why they have not yet achieved parity with male advocates there, Williams & Connolly partner and veteran appellate lawyer Lisa Blatt said in a personal, widely shared essay.

Blatt, who has argued more high court cases than any other woman, offered her observations in a revealing essay she wrote as a part of a joint publication from 16 law schools that were celebrating having all women editors-in-chief for the first time.