The calendar for the first two weeks of oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court is unusual in several ways, not the least of which is that nearly half of the lawyers stepping up to the lectern will be women.

In all but one of the eight arguments in the October cycle, at least one woman will argue—eight out of 18 lawyers total. In spite of large numbers of women entering the profession, female Supreme Court advocates are not as common as might be expected—especially women coming from private law firms rather than government entities.

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