Women in the Judiciary

Birdie Amsterdam: "First lady of the Judiciary"

New York State admitted women to the bar in 1886, but it was not until 1958 that a woman was elected to the State Supreme Court. 

Birdie Amsterdam became that "first lady of the judiciary," serving 35 years on the bench, initially as the first women elected to the Municipal Court in New York County, then as the first woman on the State Supreme Court. 

A graduate of New York University Law School, Birdie Amsterdam practiced law and was active in numerous charitable, philanthropic, civic, and educational groups, as well as in professional organizations.


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