This photo appeared in today’s Alwatan newspaper, a Saudi Arabic language newspaper with a headline that translates into: Women defend in courts and Judges think they have stronger argument..Saudi female Lawyers recover their client’s right and outperform men. (http://www.alwatan.com.sa/Local/News_Detail.aspx?ArticleID=1841&CategoryID=5).
On a side note : in the article, a female lawyer, Bayan Zahran, shared that her first case was in a demotic violence case where the husband was sent to prison ( impressive!!!)
Until this day, female lawyers unofficially practice their profession. however, they are permitted to study law. (hard to believe in view of the photo).
But there is hope! The Saudi Ministry of Justice is promising a new law that would allowed female lawyers to practice their profession… but only within the realm of family law related cases (no criminal or commercial cases… but its a start).
To learn more about Saudi female Lawyers, check out Tala Al-Hejailan’s article on 08 march 2010 in Arab News: Judicial reforms give hope to lawyers (http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article27225.ece)