New Book Commemorates Albany Law School's First Alumna

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Date: 03/20/2008

The stories of pioneering women in law and Kate Stoneman, the first woman admitted to the New York State Bar and the first woman to graduate from Albany Law School, are the subjects of the new American Bar Association book Pioneering Women Lawyers: From Kate Stoneman to the Present.

The book, edited by Albany Law School Professor Patricia Salkin, documents Kate Stoneman's legislative triumph to become the first woman admitted to practice law in New York.  It is told through keynote speeches delivered on each annual Kate Stoneman Day, hosted by Albany Law School since 1994. Some of the keynoters included N.Y. State Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye, the late Honorable Constance Baker Motley, Hon. Mary Donohue and Jeanine Pirro. The book also includes a foreword written by Albany Law School Dean Thomas Guernsey, background history by Albany Law's Kate Stoneman Chair in Law and Democracy Katheryn Katz, and an introduction by Albany Law Professor Mary Lynch.

The book's release coincided with the launch of a Web site focused on of Kate Stoneman. The Web site,, celebrates the rebellious spirit of Kate Stoneman and those who have followed her tradition. Site highlights include Stoneman's biography,  publications inspired by Stoneman, featured events for women in law, and the Kate Stoneman Awards program.

Pioneering Women Lawyers: From Kate Stoneman to the Present can be purchased at the American Bar Association's store at