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Each March, during Women’s History Month, conferences and convention speakers ask whether women, given their increasing visibility in the profession, have actually altered the legal system. The conclusions invariably soothe traditionalists –referring vaguely to “unique life experiences” and leaving any actual effects of “diverse perspectives” unspecified. But this year offers, for the first time, a fully realized depiction of what American law might become if women suddenly chose to remake it according to their own objectives.

Notably, the model didn’t come from ABA panels or plenary sessions, but from prime time. In “Judging Amy,” a divorced Harvard Law School grad moves home to Connecticut, small daughter in tow, to divide living expenses and child care obligations with her mom.

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