Category: judge

Jane Bolin (1908-2007) was a lawyer and judge …

Jane
Bolin
(1908-2007) was a lawyer and judge who
achieved a number of historic firsts. She was the first black woman to graduate
from Yale Law School, the first to join the New York City Bar Association and
the first to serve as a judge in the United States.

She graduated from Yale Law School in 1931,
from a class where she was the only black student and one of three women. She
was appointed as a judge in 1939 and served in this position for 40 years. She
was also a legal advisor to the National Council of Negro Women and an activist
for education and children’s rights.

Catherine McGuinness (b. 1934) is a former Irish judge….

Catherine
McGuinness
(b. 1934) is a former Irish judge. She
served as Justice of the Supreme Court, Judge of the High Court, and Judge of
the Circuit court, the first woman to hold that office in her country.

She has worked with the Employment Equality
Agency, and with the Forum for Peace and Conciliation, among other institutions
dedicated to protecting human rights. In 2011 she became a patron of the Irish Refugee
Council.