In 2017, for the first time, a majority (52%) of lawyers newly admitted to the German bar were women, data published at the Anwaltstag showed. One could see this coming for quite a while, as female law students have outnumbered men for quite a while. Overall, 34% of lawyers are women, and their share has been constantly rising for years.
Lawyers Stick to Their Robes
The rule-setting body (Satzungsversammlung) of the German Federal Bar (Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer) convened in early May. One item on the agenda was a proposal to abolish the duty of lawyers to wear a robe in court. A majority one can oly describe as overwhelming rejected the proposal: 70 members voted against, only two memers were in favour of the reform. I personally quite like the ritual of putting on the robe before a hearing, and I would like to believe that it helps see you as of their kind, in our role of officers of the court (Organ der Rechtspflege).
The illustration is taken from the front page of Robert Boyle’s collcetion of essays (2nd Edition, London 1669).