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Cornelia G. Kennedy papers: 1932-2012 (Majority of material found within 1970-1999)
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Title: Cornelia G. Kennedy papers
Creator: Kennedy, Cornelia G. (Cornelia Groefsema), 1923-2014
Dates: 1932-2012 (Majority of material found within 1970-1999)
Extent: 65 linear feet, 1 oversize folder, 4.78 GB (online)
Cornelia G. Kennedy, "First Lady of the Michigan Judiciary," was the first woman appointed to the federal bench in Michigan and the first woman to become a chief judge for a United States District Court. Judge Kennedy was nominated to U.S. District Court in 1970 and to U.S. Circuit Court (Federal Appeals Court) in 1979. Although never actually nominated to the Supreme Court, she was mentioned in connection with vacancies there during the administrations of three different U.S. Presidents. In addition to her court-related duties, the collection reflects Kennedy's service to the Judicial Conference of the U.S. and the Federal Judicial Center as well as the American Bar Association and other professional organizations. The collection also contains materials from Wayne County Circuit Court. This finding aid includes a Summary Contents List and expanded Scope and Content Note to provide a brief summary of the Federal Court System's structure and history as well as notes on some of the organizations comprising the context of a legal career that spanned more than half a century.
Call number: 2014163 Aa 2 Ac
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
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Finding aid created by Olga Virakhovskaya, 2012-2013 and Sandy Kortesoja, 2013-2014