As a young lawyer, Marna Tucker never dreamed that she would one day be dubbed the queen of Washington, D.C.’s divorce bar.

Coming out of Georgetown Law School in 1965 and filled with the idealism of the age, Tucker, now 74, began working at a neighborhood legal clinic in D.C. That led to a job at the federal Office of Economic Opportunity, which sent her to California, where she helped set up new legal services programs for the poor. Returning to D.C., she wound up landing a job at a small public interest law firm. Her plan was to build a practice that would help redress the long-standing inequalities that women faced in the workplace. “What I wanted to do was bring sex discrimination suits,” says Tucker.

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