Kate Stoneman Day is held in honor of the Law School’s first female graduate (1898) who was also the first woman admitted to practice law in New York state. Katherine “Kate” Stoneman became the first woman admitted to practice law in New York in 1886, paving the way for thousands who followed. She did so against enormous odds; supporting herself as a teacher, she worked nights, weekends, and summers as a clerk until she became the first female graduate of Albany Law School in 1898.

Even though she passed the New York State Bar Exam, her application to join the bar was rejected because of her gender. She then launched a successful campaign to amend the Code of Civil Procedure to permit the admission of qualified applicants without regard to sex or race.

The Kate Stoneman Awards are given to individuals in the legal profession who have demonstrated a commitment to actively seeking change and expanding opportunities for women.  Keynote speaker for the event is Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize winner, author of Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.  The three Honorees are: Annette Gordon-Reed, Barbara Cottrell ‘ 84, and Dale Skivingston ’79.  Please join us on March 25th, 2010, in celebrating Kate Stoneman Day. The celebration will occur at 5Pm in the Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom. Reception to follow.