Chief Justice Amy Nechtem.
Our chat with the Chief Justice uncovers why she chose the courts over a lab, why she mentors, and what style really means.
Photographer: Ivan Djikaev
“The moment I entered the first class in law school I knew it was home. I loved it. Loved it.”
Amy Nechtem pictured during her days as a prosecutor.
When her daughter was young, she decided to take a break from law to launch an apparel retail business. Motivated by her desire to see women wear their confidence, she and her partner focused on providing stylish, tailored clothing options for career women. “It gave me a chance to explore my creative side, which I believe is important.”
The ascent to the judiciary for women represents barriers not explained by education levels or experience. Of all state level court judges in the U.S., 30 percent are women.
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“Style is a display of competence and confidence in who you are. It transcends fashion and it knows no season.”
Her advice for women today is that it’s important to be courageous and to go out there and seek opportunities.
Although it was her notion of style many years ago that helped her experience a moment truth, Amy believes personal style is much more than the clothing on our backs. “Style is a display of competence and confidence in who you are. It transcends fashion and it knows no season.”
This sort of confidence, she believes, takes time. It requires one to work hard to cultivate it and not expect to know everything. But instead, she counsels that we should be gentle with ourselves and give ourselves time to grow. “Be comfortable in your skin. Project your personal style.” And to that, we say thank you, Chief Justice Amy. #