Bartenders Wanted | Women Need Not Apply

In the early 1940s, Clara Anderson worked as a bartender at a local hotel until the St. Paul City Council enacted an ordinance barring women from working behind the bar as men returned from World War II. Rather than lose her job to a man, Anderson went to court. Her battle lasted three years and involved one tenacious lawyer and nine judges along the way. Ramsey County District Court Judge John Guthmann accidentally discovered this long-forgotten case when conducting research for a judicial portrait dedication at the Ramsey County Law Library. Intrigued, he wanted to learn more about her. Using court records, family stories and photographs, and newspaper accounts, Guthmann brought Anderson’s story and her fight against discrimination to life in a May 2020 article published in Ramsey County History Magazine.  He now brings that story to members of the MSBA, HCBA, and RCBA.

This CLE is approved for credit through March 29, 2024.

John H. Guthmann | Former Chief Judge of Minnesota’s Second Judicial District

CLE Credits:
1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit | Event Code: 454950

MSBA Members:  $29.95
Non-MSBA Members:  $64.95



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