Women in the Judiciary

First Lady of the Law: Florence Ellinwood Allen

Jeanetter Tuve, Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1984

This is the only scholarly treatment of Judge Allen's life. The author based her work on Allen's correspondence and diaries, now housed at Case Western Reserve, Allen's undergraduate institution. 


Florence Ellinwood Allen: To Do Justly

Cleveland: Western Reserve Press, 1965

Florence E. Allen's life is a series of firsts. An honors graduate of NYU Law School, she was the first Ohio woman appointed a county prosecuting attorney, the first woman attorney to argue before a state supreme court, the first woman to be elected to a state trial court and to preside in a first degree murder case. Most memorably, she was the first woman appointed to a federal court, when President Franklin Roosevelt named her to the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In her autobiography To Do Justly, Allen recounts events of her upbringing, her education, and her judgeships.

Lent by New York University Law School


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