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Western New York Women Pioneers in the Law: A Celebration
November 5, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EST
Belva B. Lockwood, Kate Stoneman, Helen Z.M. Rodgers, Charlotte Smallwood-Cook and Shirley St. Hill Chisholm
Program II in the series New York State Law Schools Present: Illustrious Alumni
SUNY Buffalo Law School
This program, moderated by Hon. Albert M. Rosenblatt (former Associate Judge NY Court of Appeals and President, Historical Society of the New York Courts) looked at the contributions of women from western New York to our legal heritage and highlighted:
- Belva B. Lockwood, first woman admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. Presented by Hon. Erin M. Peradotto, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department.
- Kate Stoneman, first woman admitted to practice in New York. Presented by Michelle Henry, County Historian, Chautauqua County.
- Helen Z.M. Rodgers, first woman graduate of Buffalo Law School. Presented by Bernadette Gargano, Lecturer in Law, Legal Analysis, Writing and Research, SUNY Buffalo Law School.
- Charlotte Smallwood-Cook, first woman District Attorney in New York (Wyoming County, 1950-1953). Presented by Michael B. Powers, Clarence Town Justice, Partner at Phillips Lytle LLP.
- Shirley St. Hill Chisholm, first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress (NY 12th District, 1969-1983). Presented by Brian Higgins, U.S. Congressman, 26th Congressional District of N.Y.
Introductory remarks by Hon. Eugene F. Pigott, Jr., Associate Judge N.Y. Court of Appeals, Hon. Paula L. Feroleto, Administrative Judge, 8th Judicial District, and James A. Gardner, Interim Dean, SUNY Buffalo Law School.