New book showcases revealing stories by, about inspirational women judges

A new book from the American Bar Association, “Her Honor: Stories of Challenge and Triumph from Women Judges” is a collection of personal stories by and about some of the most revered and influential judges in the United States, providing a unique and deeply instructive glimpse into our justice system.

The 25 judges featured in “Her Honor” are from all levels of the state and federal courts, including chief judges and two Supreme Court justices. Their stories will be all too recognizable to women experiencing similar challenges and biases in their own careers.

“Her Honor” also demonstrates how the best of the nation’s judges share a passion for ensuring an accessible and fair system of justice, without a political agenda. They reveal a deep compassion for humanity along with an abiding respect for the law, respecting precedent but acting with courage if the law offers a way forward.

Editor Lauren Stiller Rikleen, president of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership, is a nationally known speaker, trainer, author and consultant focused on building a diverse, respectful and inclusive workplace culture. She is also a board member and interim executive director of Lawyers Defending American Democracy, an organization devoted to the protection of democracy and the rule of law.

Rikleen is a former law firm equity partner and founder of the firm’s environmental law practice. For 20 years, she was recognized in Best Lawyers in America; she was also recognized in Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers and in Massachusetts Super Lawyers.

Rikleen’s background of community and professional leadership includes serving as a former president of the Boston Bar Association and a former trustee of Clark University. Within the American Bar Association, she co-chairs the ABA Women’s Caucus and is a member of the Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight. 

Among her many past ABA leadership roles, Rikleen is a former member of the Board of Governors, the Commission on Women in the Profession and the ABA Journal Board of Editors. She is also a former chair of the Section of Civil Rights & Social Justice.

The book is available in softcover for $24.95. To purchase, visit