The National Law Journal presents 75 of the nation’s most accomplished female attorneys in the legal profession today, ­representing excellence in private practice, corporate counsel work, public ­interest law, legal education and the judiciary.

In making our selections, NLJ editors evaluated hundreds of nominations submitted from around the country by law firms, corporations, nonprofit organizations and law schools. As we pared down the list, NLJ reporters and contributors investigated further to help make the final choices. The task was difficult, given the success, skill and achievements of the nominees.