2014 Judicial “Firsts”

As we enter 2015, let's celebrate notable "firsts" for women in the judiciary that occured in 2014:

  • Diane Humetawa, the first Native American female federal judge
  • Leslie Abrams and Eleanor Ross, the first female African-American federal judges in Georgia
  • Pamela Reeves, the first female judge in the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • Pamela Pepper, the first female judge inthe Eastern District of Wisconsin  
  • Nancy Rosenstengel, the first female judge inthe Southern District of Illinois 
  • Elizabeth Dillon, the first female judge inthe Western District of Virginia
  • Carolyn McHugh, the first female Tenth Circuit judge from Utah 
  • Staci Yandle, the first female LGBT judge to the Southern District of Illinois and the first African-American judge in that district
  • Judith Levy, first female LGBT judge to the Eastern District of Michigan

With these and other confirmations, the percentage of active women judges on the federal appellate courts has reached nearly 35% and the percentage of active female district court judges held steady at approximately 32%.

For more on the advances of women in the judiciary, please click here.

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