Pulitzer Prize Winner Delivers Keynote at Stoneman Event

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Annette Gordon-Reed , winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in History for her book The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, delivered the keynote speech at the 16th Annual Kate Stoneman Day, held March 25 at the law school.

Also in attendance was Kate Stoneman's great-great-great niece, who gifted to the school an 1898 dress of Kate Stoneman's, along with a photo and other artifacts.

Along with Gordon-Reed receiving an annual Kate Stoneman Award for actively seeking change and expanding opportunities for women, Barbara Cottrell ‘84, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York, and Dale Skivington ‘79, Assistant General Counsel, Vice President and Director of International and Employment Law Legal Staffs at Eastman Kodak, received Kate Stoneman Awards. 

Gordon-Reed talked about her book, which explores the Hemings family and their slavery existence to Thomas Jefferson, why she wrote such a book, and its relevance today.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, 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 The New Yorker described as "brilliant."

Miriam Netter ‘72, who has led the effort to memorialize Stoneman's legacy, hosted the event. Professor Paul Finkelman, Albany Law School's President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy, who is also a scholar on the topic of slavery and law, introduced Professor Gordon-Reed. 

Krupa Shah '10 presented Cottrell with her award, and Professor Deborah Mann presented Skivington, a classmate, with her award.

The awards were 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.