Freda Spinard Kole
Ida A. Finkelstein
Shirley Levine Marshak
Grace Freuder Davis
Bessie R. Geffner
Sadie Baris Turak
Helen November Wile
Geraldine T. Eiber
Pearl (Basta) Corrado
Marie A. Beary
Anna Marie Policritti
Constance Bonnie Mandina
Bonnie R. Cohen-Gallet
Hon. Darrell Gavrin
Hon. Marguerite Grays
Hon. Sally Unger
Hon. Bruno DiBiase
Nicole McGregor Mundy
Hon. Bernice Siegal
Zenith T. Taylor
Lourdes M. Ventura
Chronology of Important Dates
November 22, 1638 - Margaret Brent arrived in Maryland to become the first woman lawyer in the colonies.
October 24, 1830 - Birth date of Belva Lockwood, the first woman lawyer to argue in the U.S. Supreme Court.
July 30, 1852 - Birth date of Emma Gillett. She and Ellen Spencer Mussey founded a law school for women, which later became American University’s Washington College of Law.
June 30, 1870 - Ada Kepley became the first woman in the U.S. to graduate from law school.
February 15, 1879 - Congress passed “An Act to Relieve Certain Legal Disabilities” allowing women to practice in all federal courts.
January 22, 1887 - Editorial in Daily Register (now N.Y.L.J.) warned that if women were admitted to the Bar they would treat law like fashion.
March 4, 1895 - Nelle Stanleyetta Titus, the first woman lawyer in New York, was admitted to the federal court.
April 3, 1929 - Charter Member Clara Fisch was admitted to the N.Y. Bar after having graduated from the “millionaire’s session” (afternoon classes) of Brooklyn Law School.
September 14, 1931 - Fourteen women lawyers met in Jamaica. Queens to discuss formation of a Queens County Women’s Bar Association.
February, 1940 - FLORENCE V. LUCAS was admitted to N.Y.S. Bar and immediately became a member of the Association. She was the first black women lawyer admitted to practice in Queens County.
May 6, 1960 - Joan O’Dwyer was the first woman to be appointed a Criminal Court Judge in Queens.
January 1, 1970 - Ann B. Dufficy was the first woman elected to the Queens Civil Court.
August 28, 1973 - Rose Rubin was appointed to the N.Y.S. Court of Claims.
January 1, 1974 - Joan Durante and Ann B. Dufficy were elected as the first woman Justices of the New York State Supreme Court, Queens County.
April 1, 1977 - Harriet George was appointed Judge of the N.Y.S. Housing Court.
January 1, 1980 - Geraldine Eiber, Yorka Linarkis and Martha Zelman became Justices of the N.Y.S. Supreme Court.
March 18, 1980 - Jenny Maiolo announced a special Association project to assist battered women and crime victims.
September 25, 1981 - Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in as the first woman Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
November 3, 1981 - Pearle Appelman elected to the N.Y.C. Civil Court.