By Michele Gorman featuring IWLC Director Jennifer Braceras

In private practice during the 1980s and 1990s, law firm colleagues questioned whether Laureen Seeger could be a partner if she also wanted to have children, and then once she became a mother, they asked her whether she wanted to scale back her career.

Speaking with Law360 over the weekend, Seeger shared how, in those moments, she drew inspiration from U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor to stand up to her peers at the law firms who questioned her ability to succeed both at home and work.

While Jennifer Braceras, director of Independent Women’s Law Center, said she doesn’t share the justice’s judicial philosophy, she respects her career and intellect, as well as the friendships she formed with peers across the political aisle — namely with the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

“I think particularly in this politically divided time in which we live, we could all learn something from that,” Braceras said. “Just because people have a different political or jurisprudential philosophy than you doesn’t make them the enemy. In fact, they could turn out to be one of your closest friends.”

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