Monday, June 11, 2012

On June 11

On this day in ...
... 1937 (75 years ago today), Amalya Lyle Kearse (left) was born in Vauxhall, New Jersey, to a mother who was a doctor and a father who was a postmaster. Following graduation from Wellesley College, she earned her law degree cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as an editor of the Law Review and was the only African-American woman law student. (photo credit) In 1979 Kearse -- then a partner at a Wall Street law firm -- became a Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Court. She was the 1st woman on that circuit, where Thurgood Marshall had been a judge from 1961 to 1965. Kearse took senior status in 2002; she's also renowned as a bridge player.

(Prior June 11 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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