Born a farmer's daughter in Royalton, New York, Belva Lockwood was widowed at twenty two years old, turned against societal expectations, and led an extraordinary life with self-assured, tenacious hard work and ability. Lockwood attended Genesee College and became a teacher in New York before marrying her second husband. She moved with him to Washington D.C. where she attended National University Law School, securing her degree from President Grant in 1873. She began to build her practice, taking on cases and clients with increasingly serious charges. In 1876 she applied to, and was refused entry into the Supreme Court Bar. Undeterred she began to lobby Congress, eventually securing the passage of An Act to Relieve Certain Legal Disabilities of Women in 1879. Belva Lockwood became the first woman to argue before the Supreme Court in 1880, in Kaiser v. Stickney, and later went on to secure $5 million for the Cherokee people in 1906 when she argued United States v. Cherokee Nation. She ran for President of the United States in 1884 and 1888, while also working for equal rights, women's suffrage, and international peace organizations. The Green Bag has fittingly honored Belva Lockwood with the first bobblehead that does not depict a Supreme Court Justice.