Annette Gordon-Reed, a professor of law at New York Law School and winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in History for her book The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (W. W. Norton, 2008), will deliver the keynote speech at the 16th Annual Kate Stoneman Day, to be held March 25 at the law school.
Professor Gordon-Read, who is recognized as one of the country's most distinguished presidential scholars, will also receive a Kate Stoneman award, given annually to individuals who are committed to actively seeking change and expanding opportunities for women.
A graduate of Harvard Law School, Professor Gordon-Reed earned a place in history with her first book, Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy (University Press of Virginia, 1997), which had an acclaimed but stormy reception when published in 1997, and which The New Yorker described as "brilliant."
Her other works include Vernon Can Read!: A Memoir (Public Affairs, 2001), co-authored with presidential confidant and long-time civil rights leader Vernon Jordan, as well as Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History, in which she edited 12 original essays that illustrate how race often determined the outcome of trials, and how trials that confront issues of racism provide a unique lens on American cultural history.
Other women will be presented with Kate Stoneman awards at the ceremony. The awards are presented in honor of Kate Stoneman, the first woman admitted to practice law in New York state and the first female graduate of Albany Law School in 1898. Previous winners span a variety of public and private practitioners, judges, and law professors, including Hon. Judith S. Kaye, Melissa Mourges, Mary O. Donohue, Lorraine Power Tharp and Nell Minow.