He was then teaching law and running for a seat in the U. Among her cases was one where she was obliged by request of the court to serve as defense counsel to a man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl; she put on an effective defense that led to his pleading guilty to a much lesser charge.
In October 2006, a Clinton spokeswoman said she was not named for the mountain climber; instead, this account of her name's origin "was a sweet family story her mother shared to inspire greatness in her daughter, to great results I might add". She was elected class vice president for her junior year, but then lost for class president for her senior year against two boys, one of whom told her that "you are really stupid if you think a girl can be elected president".
For her senior year, she and other students were transferred to the then new Maine South High School, where she was a National Merit Finalist and was voted "most likely to succeed".
Bill Clinton's Republican opponent in his 1986 gubernatorial re-election campaign accused the Clintons of conflict of interest, because Rose Law did state business; the Clintons countered the charge by saying that state fees were walled off by the firm before her profits were calculated.
From 1987 to 1991, she was the first chair of the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession, created to address gender bias in the legal profession and induce the association to adopt measures to combat it.
That summer, she worked her way across Alaska, washing dishes in Mount Mc Kinley National Park and sliming salmon in a fish processing cannery in Valdez (which fired her and shut down overnight when she complained about unhealthful conditions).
In the summer of 1970 she was awarded a grant to work at Marian Wright Edelman's Washington Research Project, where she was assigned to Senator Walter Mondale's Subcommittee on Migratory Labor.
She was appointed the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation in 1978 and became the first woman partner at Rose Law Firm the following year.
As First Lady of Arkansas, she led a task force whose recommendations helped reform Arkansas's public schools.
Clinton appointed her chair of the Rural Health Advisory Committee the same year, Bill Clinton returned to the governor's office two years later after winning the election of 1982.
During her husband's campaign, Hillary began to use the name "Hillary Clinton", or sometimes "Mrs.
Democratic political organizer and consultant Betsey Wright had moved from Texas to Washington the previous year to help guide Rodham's career.