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Famous Female Judges

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List of famous female judges, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female judges list contains the most prominent and top females known for being judges. You might also be interested in celebrities who went to law school and the dumbest lawsuits in court. There are thousand of females working as judges in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic judges have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a judge then the people below should give you inspiration.

Examples of people on this list include Judy Sheindlin and Sandra Day O'Connor.

While this isn't a list of all female judges, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female judges?" and "Who are the best female judges?"

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    Judith Susan Sheindlin (née Blum; October 21, 1942), known professionally as Judge Judy, is an American prosecution lawyer, former Manhattan family court judge, television personality, and author. Since September 1996, Sheindlin has presided over her own successful 4-time Daytime Emmy Award–winning arbitration-based court show series, Judge Judy, produced by CBS Television Distribution.Sheindlin passed the New York state bar examination in 1965 and became a prosecutor in the family court system. In 1982 New York City Mayor Ed Koch appointed her as a judge, first in criminal court, then later as Manhattan's supervising family court judge in 1986. Sheindlin is the longest serving judge or...  more
    • Age: 78
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Sandra Day O'Connor (born March 26, 1930) is a retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, who served from her 1981 appointment by President Ronald Reagan until her retirement in 2006. She was the first woman to serve on the Court.Prior to O'Connor's tenure on the Court, she was a judge and an elected official in Arizona, serving as the first female Majority Leader of a state senate as the Republican leader in the Arizona Senate. Upon her nomination to the Court, O'Connor was confirmed unanimously by the Senate. On July 1, 2005, she announced her intention to retire effective upon the confirmation of a successor. Samuel Alito was nominated to take her seat in...  more
    • Age: 91
    • Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, United States of America

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    Sonia Sotomayor

    Sonia Maria Sotomayor (Spanish: [ˈsonja sotomaˈʝoɾ]; born June 25, 1954) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, appointed by President Barack Obama in May 2009 and confirmed that August. She has the distinction of being its first Hispanic and Latina Justice.Sotomayor was born in The Bronx, New York City, to Puerto Rican-born parents. Her father died when she was nine, and she was subsequently raised by her mother. Sotomayor graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1976 and received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1979, where she was an editor at the Yale Law Journal. She worked as an assistant district attorney in New York for four-and-a-half years...  more
    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
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    Ruth Bader Ginsburg (March 15, 1933-September 18, 2020) was an American lawyer and jurist who was an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton and took the oath of office on August 10, 1993. She was the second female justice (after Sandra Day O'Connor) of four to be confirmed to the court (along with Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, who are still serving). Ginsburg spent a considerable part of her legal career as an advocate for the advancement of gender equality and women's rights, winning multiple victories arguing before the Supreme Court. She advocated as a volunteer lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union and was a member of its...  more
    • Age: 88
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

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