Amalya Lyle Kearse
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit|
June 21, 1979 – June 11, 2002
|Appointed by||Jimmy Carter|
|Preceded by||Seat established|
|Succeeded by||Reena Raggi|
June 11, 1937 |
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) is a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and a world-class bridge player.
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. 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.
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
- World Women's Pairs (1) 1986
- North American Bridge Championships (6)
- United States Bridge Championships (1)
- Women's Team Trials (1) 1992
- North American Bridge Championships (3)
- United States Bridge Championships (3)
- Women's Team Trials (3) 1988, 1995, 2004
- Other notable 2nd places:
- IOC Grand Prix Women's Teams (1) 2002
- Goldstein, Tom. "Amalya Lyle Kearse; Woman in the News", The New York Times, June 25, 1979.
- ACBL Hall of Fame
- Amalya Lyle Kearse international record at the World Bridge Federation.
- Amalya Lyle Kearse at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
|New seat||Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit