It's our great pleasure to feature a dialogue between today's guest blogger, Amy Senier (left), and IntLawGrrl Beth Van Schaack. The topic of the 1st and 2d posts? The Security Council's adoption of a reasolution on sexual violence and war.
Amy's a recent graduate of 2 Boston institutions: Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, home to another IntLawGrrl, Hope Lewis, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she concentrated on international human rights and on law and development. During her legal studies, she interned at the Legal Resources Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, the International Criminal Court, and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Amy was a participant in the 2006 Sherman and Sterling International Rounds of the Jessup International Moot Court Competition and has volunteered for the Massachusetts-based NGO Physicians for Human Rights and for the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. Prior to attending law school, Amy was a Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia.
She writes in honor of Constance Baker Motley (below right), the African-American attorney and civil rights advocate who earlier was the subject of an IntLawGrrls profile here. Motley, who litigated before the U.S. Supreme Court and other tribunals, became the 1st African-American woman on the federal bench when she was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in 1966. She served on that court for nearly 40 years; for 4 of them, she served as the 1st African-American woman Chief Judge. Motley, who today joins other IntLawGrrls transnational foremothers listed in the righthand column just below the "visiting from ..." map, died in 2005 at at 84.