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Women's History Month: Trailblazer Annette Cronise Lutes

By Amy L. DeLuca, Esq.

Annette “Nettie” Cronise Lutes – you probably do not know this name, but if you are a female attorney in Ohio, you probably should.  Nettie was the trailblazer who paved the way for women in the legal profession in Ohio.  Ms. Cronise Lutes was born in Tiffin, Ohio and graduated from Heidelberg College.  After graduation, she decided to study law and spent two years under the tutelage of Warren Perry Noble, the United States Representative and Prosecuting Attorney from Seneca County, Ohio.  In April 1873, almost half a century before women were granted the right to vote, Nettie appeared before an all male panel of Ohio Common Pleas Court judges to present her qualifications and request admission to the Ohio Bar.  Ms. Cronise Lutes demonstrated her skills and despite the odds against her, became the first female attorney in Ohio.  Today, we celebrate Annette “Nettie” Cronise Lutes and thank her for paving the way for all those who came after her.

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