Orrick partner Kelsi Brown Corkran was among leaders in the D.C. appellate bar featured in this Law.com story on the continuing dearth of female lawyers who are getting the opportunity to argue cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
A partner in the firm’s Supreme Court and Appellate Practice, Kelsi participated in a recent Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia panel discussion titled “Supreme Court Advocacy: Where are the Women?”
Kelsi, who argued and prevailed in her first Supreme Court case last year, told the panel that the lack of women given these opportunities is a “pernicious” problem. “I think it has to do with our long, long history of discomfort with that ultimate position of power, whether it’s a presidential candidate, or the advocate who’s standing before the Supreme Court, you still have this image in our head of that being a man, probably a white man as well, because of all we’ve heard and seen.”
Kelsi credited Josh Rosenkranz, co-head of Orrick’s appellate practice, with opening the door for her to argue last year’s case, City of Hays v. Vogt. “I would say to men, I think the same thing I would say to women, which is, look for opportunities to promote other people,” said Kelsi, who clerked for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.