Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Idaho lawyers honor Jaquet

‘Role model’ wins women’s rights award

Express Staff Writer

Wendy Jaquet

State Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, is not afraid to show how excited she is about her most recent award.

"It's really pretty cool," Jaquet said of the Kate Feltham Award, given by the Association of Idaho Women Lawyers.

The award is given to people who promote the rights of women within the state legal profession and legal justice system.

Peg Dougherty, president of the association, said Jaquet has been a leader for women's issues.

"It's not surprising that every legislator, on both sides of the aisle, considers Wendy to be a friend," she said. "She has been a role model for women in leadership, serving as minority leader for over 10 years ... and being everyone's mother."

Previous winners of the award include former Gov. Cecil D. Andrus.

Marc Johnson, a former press secretary to Andrus, said he followed Jaquet's career for many years, and called her a "workhorse" who has fought hard to be successful.

"Wendy has been among the two or three most effective Democratic members of the Legislature in the last 30 years," he said. "She did it the old-fashioned way—by hard work, mastering details and displaying good humor."

Kate Feltham was the first female prosecuting attorney in Idaho, appointed in 1926 in Washington County. She was also one of the leaders in the drive to give Idaho women the vote and an English and public speaking professor at the former College of Idaho.

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