For the past year, the seven women on the bench of New York’s Appellate Division, 1st Department, kept coming back to the question: Where are the women litigators?

“We noticed that there are very few women arguing civil, and more specifically commercial, cases,” said Justice Rosalyn H. Richter in a phone interview. “Some of the judges began to talk to women bar leaders as to what, if anything, we could do to start a dialogue.”

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