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Hattie Leah Heneberg

Hattie Leah Henenberg, a lawyer who was appointed to the All-Woman Supreme Court of 1925, was a native of Ennis. In 1925, a Texas governor reluctantly appointed the first all-female supreme court to hear an appeal involving Woodmen of the World, a fraternal group whose members included virtually every male lawyer in the state. Hattie Leah Henenberg, a lawyer since 1916, was among the trio of special associate justices. A pioneering jurist who launched her legal career as a stenographer, Henenberg set other precedents. In 1924, she was founding director of the Dallas Free Legal Aid Bureau and, in the 1940s, she created a unit in the Dallas district attorney’s office that jailed fathers who failed to pay child support. Born on a farm in Ennis, Texas, on February 16, 1893, Hattie Henenberg was the second child of Hungarian-born Rosa (Trebitsch) and Samuel Henenberg, parents of four daughters and two sons.

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