Ann Aldrich

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For the author who writes under this pseudonym, see Marijane Meaker.

Ann Aldrich (June 28, 1927 – May 2, 2010) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Aldrich received a B.A. from Columbia University in 1948 and an LL.B. from the New York University School of Law in 1950. She also attended the Graduate Institute of International Studies in 1951. She was an Attorney on the General Counsel's Staff for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, in Washington, D.C., from 1951 to 1952. She served as a research assistant for Professor Edmond N. Cahn of the New York University Law School from 1952 to 1953, and for Arthur T. Vanderbilt of the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1952 to 1953.

After a brief stint in private practice in Washington, D.C. she served as a civilian attorney at Subic Bay Naval Station from 1954 to 1956, and as an attorney for the Federal Communications Commission from 1953 to 1960.

Aldrich returned to private practice in Darien, Connecticut from 1961 to 1968. In 1965, she argued for the plaintiff in United Church of Christ v. Federal Communications Commission,[1][2] which established a private party's standing, before the Federal Communications Commission, to intervene in license renewal proceedings.

Aldrich returned to New York University to earn an LL.M. in 1964 and a J.S.D. in 1967. She was a professor of law at Cleveland State University from 1968 to 1980.

Aldrich was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio by President Jimmy Carter on March 28, 1980, to a new seat created by 92 Stat. 1629. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 21, 1980, and received her commission on May 24, 1980. Aldrich was the first woman appointed to the federal district court in Ohio.[3] She assumed senior status on May 12, 1995 but remained active on the court until her death.

Aldrich died on May 2, 2010.[4]


Legal offices
Preceded by
Newly created seat
Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
May 24, 1980 – May 12, 1995
Succeeded by
Patricia Anne Gaughan