Elizabeth Bermingham Lacy
A pioneer who opened doors for women in the legal profession, Elizabeth Bermingham Lacy can boast of many Virginia firsts. She was the state’s first female deputy attorney general, the first woman to serve on the State Corporation Commission, and the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court of Virginia. Governor Gerald Baliles appointed Lacy to the Virginia Supreme Court in 1988. The General Assembly elected her to full 12-year terms in 1989 and 2001. Demonstrating Lacy’s impact, when she retired from the bench in 2007, three of the court’s seven justices were women.
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