Brazil’s First Female Chief Justice to Speak at US Law Schools Annual Meeting

Brazil's Chief Justice Ellen Gracie Northfleet Brazilian Chief Justice Ellen Gracie Northfleet and American justice Sandra Day O'Connor will speak on Thursday, January 3, 2008, from 12:30-2:00 p.m. during the luncheon of the joint Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and Conference of Chief Justices Workshop on the Courts, which is part of the AALS Annual Meeting — a week-long conference in New York City drawing over 3,500 law faculty.

President Ellen Gracie Northfleet is the first female to be appointed to the Brazilian Supreme Federal Tribunal and is also its first female president.

Her public career began in 1971, clerking for the Rio Grande do Sul State General Counsel. On November 7, 1973, she joined the Ministério Público Federal, where she remained in the capacity of Federal Attorney until 1989.

Northfleet who is descended from Americans who settled in Brazil (her great-grandfather was a Confederate officer who moved to Brazil after the Civil War) was appointed to the Supreme Federal Tribunal on November 23, 2000, the first woman to be named to the tribunal. On March 15, 2006 she was chosen to head this court by a vote of its justices.

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor served as the first female Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Justice O'Connor was nominated to the Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 and served for over twenty-four years.

From 1958-1960, Justice O'Connor practiced law in Maryvale, Arizona, and served as Assistant Attorney General of Arizona from 1965-1969. She was appointed to the Arizona State Senate in 1969 and was subsequently reelected for two two-year terms.

In 1975 she was elected Judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court and served until 1979, when she was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals. Justice O'Connor retired from the Supreme Court on January 31, 2006 and is currently the Chancellor of the College of William and Mary.

The entire AALS 2008 Annual Meeting program can be found on the Association's Web site at http://www.aals.org/am2008/.

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  • swiss pride

    You are wrong Mr. x !!!!
    Was not a ” Brasileira” but a “BRASILEIRO” boyfriend of his that left him psychologically with a broken heart and severally stretched out.
    Ch.c took “PEDRO the three legged beast with him to Switzerland where he planned to spend a lifetime of happy fisting with his newly found Brazilian boyfriend. But it was not meant to be…once PEDRO the tree-legged beast got there Ch.c’s mom couldn’t keep her hands off PEDRO.
    Ch.c was forced to send PEDRO back to Canta Galo and decided to spend the rest of his miserable life behind a computer screen bashing all Brazilians.

  • x

    O que sera que aconteceu com o CH C. para ele odiar tanto o Brasil?

    Sera que alguma brasileira o abandonou?

    Isso ta parecendo dor de corno

  • João da Silva

    [quote]when SHE was robbed in a highway and the many bodyguards….DID NOTHING to protect her…as they are supposed and generously paid to do !!!!!![/quote]

    That was in Rio last year. It proved that even Her Ladyship was not spared of the violence in the city of Rio.It shows the dismal security apparatus they have there.Never mind.

    I am sure she would give a great speech in AALS conference and project (and enhance) the image of our Justice system. Of course, your criticism of her is because of your misplaced “Machismo”.Needless to say that her body guards were a bunch of “BundÀƒµes”. She should have hired some women bodyguards.

    I am sure that Her Ladyship is feeling safe and secure while in U.S. and wish her happy vacation there.

  • ch.c.

    Hopefully she is going to tell HER story …….
    when SHE was robbed in a highway and the many bodyguards….DID NOTHING to protect her…as they are supposed and generously paid to do !!!!!!

    😀 😉 😀 😉

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