Albany Law Celebrates Kate Stoneman, Women in Law

Albany Law Celebrates Kate Stoneman, Women in Law

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Date: 03/31/2006

*On March 7, CBS 6-TV featured a story about Kate Stoneman and the role of women in the legal profession during the 6 p.m. newscast. The story included interviews with Gail Bensen, Albany Law School's Director of Admissions, as Kate Stoneman (in costume), Professor Mary Lynch and Margaret Surowka Rossi '90. 

Professor Margaret E. Montoya, the first Hispanic woman accepted at Harvard Law School, was the special guest speaker and one of the honorees at Albany Law School's annual Kate Stoneman Day on Thursday, March 30.

Kate Stoneman Day honors those in the legal profession who reflect the spirit of Kate Stoneman by actively seeking change and expanding opportunities for women. Kate Stoneman was the first woman admitted to practice law in New York State. She was admitted to NYS Bar in 1886 and was the first female graduate of Albany Law School in 1898.

A Kate Stoneman Award was also presented to Professor Ann Shalleck, the Spring 2006 Kate Stoneman Visiting Professor in Law and Democracy. 

Ann Shalleck is a national leader in clinical legal education, family law, and feminist legal scholarship. In addition to being a professor of law, Professor Shalleck is the director of the Women and the Law Program at the Washington College of Law, American University.

Betty Lugo '84-partner, Pacheco & Lugo, PLLC, Brooklyn, N.Y.- and Karen K. Peters-associate justice, Appellate Division, third department, Kingston, N.Y.-were honored as legal professionals who reflect the spirit of Kate Stoneman by actively seeking change and expanding opportunities for women.

Professor Margaret E. Montoya's Profile:
Professor of Law
A.B., 1972, San Diego State University; J.D., 1978, Harvard Law School
Member of the Massachusetts, New Mexico and New York Bars

A member of the UNM law school faculty since 1992, Professor Montoya examines issues of race, ethnicity, gender and language, along with cross-cultural discourse. She often teaches seminars on these subjects.

During college at San Diego State University in the 1970s, she was a member of the student government and was involved in the Chicano, anti-war and women's movements. She became the first Hispanic woman accepted at Harvard Law School. After graduation, she received the Harvard University Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship.

In Mexico, Boston, and Potsdam, N.Y., she worked in corporate law, legal services, and academic administration before returning home to New Mexico. She was the UNM Associate University Counsel for employment issues before joining the law faculty.

She has contributed to a number of anthologies and casebooks on legal topics involving race and gender and brings a continuing interest in these areas to her teaching. Her particular areas of expertise are affirmative action and the emerging area of critical race pedagogy.

Professor Montoya is the 2003-2004 interim Director of the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute. The Institute was established in 1980 to serve as the interdisciplinary center for the study of the Hispanic experience in the southwest. The broad purpose of the institute is to promote teaching and research and to disseminate information, which impacts Hispanic peoples and communities in the southwestern states of Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and California and in Latin America, especially Mexico.