Arlinda F. Locklear, pioneering litigator in Native American law, was honored during Albany Law School's 14th Annual Kate Stoneman Day celebration on March 6, 2008.
Kate Stoneman Day is held in honor of the Law School's first female graduate (1898) who was also the first woman admitted to practice law in New York state. The Kate Stoneman Awards are given to individuals in the legal profession who have demonstrated a commitment to actively seeking change and expanding opportunities for women.
Locklear was the first Native American woman to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court. She has represented tribes throughout the country in federal and state courts for 35 years on treaty claims to water and land, taxation disputes with states and local authorities, reservation boundary issues and federal recognition of tribes.
Locklear also delivered the Kate Stoneman Day keynote address entitled "The Kate Stoneman Story in Indian Country."
Other 2008 Kate Stoneman Day honorees included Mae A. D'Agostino, partner, D'Agostino, Krackeler, Baynes & Maguire, P.C. in Albany, who dedicated her award to the late Christine Krackeler '84, her former law partner; and Melissa Mourges '80, co-chief of New York County's DNA Cold Case Unit and a Senior Trial Counsel in the N.Y. County District Attorney's Office.