hearing her story: reflections of women judges
The Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson
Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court
DOROTHY W. NELSON is a senior judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She was appointed by President Jimmy Carter in December of 1979. A former dean and professor of law at the University of Southern California Law Center, she was first woman dean of a fully accredited law school, and the first woman professor of USC. Law Center.
Judge Nelson sits on the board of directors of the Western Justice Center Foundation. Specializing in areas of law reform, Judge Nelson is the author of Cases and Materials in Judicial Administration and the Administration of Justice, a chapter in Women Lawers: Perspectives on Success, and numerous articles on women’s issues and alternative dispute resolution. She was a delegate at the United Nations Women’s Conference in Mexico City in 1975 and in Beijing in 1995. Judge Nelson is a member of the board of advisors for the Institute for the Study of Women and Men. She is a member on the advisory committee for the National Judicial Education Program to Promote Equality of Women and Men in the Courts. She is also a member on the advisory committee for the Tahirih Justice Center dedicated to assisting women refugees.
She received her AB in 1950 from the University of California, Los Angeles, her JD from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, and her LLM from the University of Southern California Law School in 1956.