Ruth Anne French-Hodson
Associate at Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
Ruth Anne focuses her practice on complex bet-the-company litigation, class actions and appeals. She has worked on both individual and multidistrict matters in courts across the country for a broad range of industries including pharmaceuticals, energy infrastructure and extraction, and product manufacturers. Notably, she led an appellate team that secured a significant Missouri state appellate court victory ensuring that custodians of children who are entitled to counsel can access that help and that hearings in family court are full and fair for all participants. She also represents inmates presenting habeas petitions and in other pro bono appeals. At Yale Law School, Ruth Anne was active in Yale Law Women, serving on the board as Community & Outreach chair and co-chairing a nationally publicized report on gender and legal education, Yale Law School Students and Faculty Speak Up about Gender: Ten Years Later. Through her clinic, she spent two years assisting the New Haven Corporation Counsel with affirmative projects related to housing conditions, accessible taxis and immigration detainers. Before attending law school, Ruth was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, to the University of Oxford, where she received a MPhil degree in Comparative Government and a DPhil in Politics.