Former U.S. Court of Appeals Chief Judge to Deliver Stoneman Keynote

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Former U.S. Court of Appeals Chief Judge to Deliver Stoneman Keynote
Date: 01/06/2011

Patricia McGowan Wald, Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1986 to 1991, will deliver the keynote speech at the 17 th Annual Kate Stoneman Day, to be held March 10 at Albany Law School. She will also receive a Kate Stoneman Award.

Judge Wald received her commission in 1979 and served until her retirement in 1999, including serving as a judge and U.S. representative on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Judge Wald's service to women through the law set national and international benchmarks. She was the first woman on the D.C. Circuit bench, first woman Chief Judge of a Circuit (except for a six-month term of Florence Allen) and the first woman head of Legislative Affairs of the Department of Justice.

Judge Wald is recognized as a trailblazer, negotiator, inspiring counselor and role model. She was a 1994 recipient of the American Bar Association's Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award for professional excellence and positive impact on women in law. She received her LL.B. degree from Yale Law School in 1951.

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, Nell Minow and Annette Gordon-Reed.

Click here for more information on Kate Stoneman and Albany Law School's annual Kate Stoneman Day.

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