World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Amalya Kearse

Article Id: WHEBN0011747568
Reproduction Date:

Title: Amalya Kearse  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Wellesley College, Barack Obama Supreme Court candidates, Bill Clinton Supreme Court candidates
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Amalya Kearse

Amalya Kearse
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
In office
June 21, 1979 – June 11, 2002
Appointed by Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Seat established
Succeeded by Reena Raggi
Personal details
Born (1937-06-11) June 11, 1937 (age 77)
Vauxhall, New Jersey, U.S.
Alma mater Wellesley College
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Amalya Lyle Kearse (born June 11, 1937 in Vauxhall, New Jersey)[1] is a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and a world-class bridge player.

Legal career

Her father was a postmaster and her mother was a doctor. She attended Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey. A philosophy major and 1959 graduate of Wellesley College, she was the only black woman in her law school class at the University of Michigan Law School. She was an editor of the law review and graduated cum laude in 1962.

She entered private practice in New York City and rose to become a partner in the respected Wall Street firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed. She was an adjunct lecturer at New York University Law School from 1968 to 1969.

Appointed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, she was the first woman and only the second black person (after Thurgood Marshall) on the court.[1] In 1992, she was considered by President Bill Clinton for appointment as United States Attorney General; the job eventually went to Janet Reno. On June 11, 2002 she took senior status.

Bridge career

Kearse is also known as a world-class bridge player. In 1986, playing with longtime partner Jacqui Mitchell, she won the World Women Pairs Championship which earned her the title of World Bridge Federation World Life Master. She is also a seven-time U.S. national champion of the game.


  • ACBL Hall of Fame (Blackwood Award) 2004


  • Charles H. Goren Award (Personality of the Year) 1980



See also


External links

  • ACBL Hall of Fame
  • Template:WBFpeople
  • Federal Judicial Center.
Legal offices
New seat Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Succeeded by
Reena Raggi


This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.