By: Thao Nguyen, Director of OutreachPosted on November 16, 2011 Issues: Judges & Courts Supreme Court

We’re excited to have Allen Derr, attorney who argued for Sally Reed in the landmark Reed v Reed case, joining the audience tomorrow for a special panel to mark the 40th anniversary of the case. The panel will be discussing the past and future of women’s legal rights under the Equal Protection Clause and you can register to join the live webcast here:

You can learn more about the Reed v Reed case here and also, read an article from the Idaho Statesman about Mr. Derr coming to Washington, D.C. for the event:

Boise lawyer in DC to mark 40th anniversary of landmark women’s rights case

Allen Derr, who argued and won Reed v. Reed in the U.S. Supreme Court, was invited to join the celebration by the National Women’s Law Center.

Representing Sally Reed of Boise, Derr helped overturn an Idaho law that required the selection of a man over a woman to serve as administrator of an estate when both were equally qualified.

Now 83, Derr argued that the law was unconstitutional under the equal protection clause in the 14th Amendment. On Nov. 22, 1971, the court agreed, applying the standard to women for the first time.

“It caused a massive change in women’s rights,” said Derr in a phone interview Wednesday.

Derr will attend a panel Thursday at the National Press Club headlined by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who worked with Derr on Reed v. Reed.

Derr visited the National Women’s Law Center and was scheduled to meet with Ginsburg in her chambers Wednesday afternoon.

The panel is entitled “Reed v. Reed at 40: Equal Protection and Women’s Rights,” and is available by webcast. The 90-minute panel begins at 11 a.m. MST.

“It seems back here at least to be getting a lot of attention,” Derr said. “It makes me feel halfway important.”

Other co-sponsors of the panel are the American University Washington College of Law, George Washington University Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, Howard University School of Law, the University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law, and the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia.

Derr is traveling with his wife, Judy Peavey-Derr, a member of the board of Greater Boise Auditorium District and a former Ada County commissioner.