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Helen Lucile Lomen (August 21, 1920 – June 21, 1996) was the first woman to serve as a law clerk for a Supreme Court justice.[1]

Lucile Lomen
Born(1920-08-21)August 21, 1920
DiedJune 21, 1996(1996-06-21) (aged 75)
Other namesLucy, Lu
Alma materWhitman College, B.A., University of Washington School of Law, LL.B.
Known forFirst woman law clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court

Lomen was born in Nome, Alaska in 1920.[2] Her family later moved to Seattle, where she graduated from Queen Anne High School in 1937. She then attended Whitman College, from which she graduated with honors in 1941.[3] Lomen went to law school at the University of Washington. Upon graduation, she went to Washington, D.C. to clerk for Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas (himself a Whitman alum) for the 1944–1945 term.[4][5] After her time at the Supreme Court, Lomen turned down a position in the U.S. Department of Justice in favor of her home state of Washington as assistant attorney general, where she served for three years. She went on to a 35-year career in multiple positions for General Electric including counsel for corporate affairs. She retired in 1983 and died at the age of 75 in 1996.


  1. ^ Greenhouse, Linda (August 30, 2006). "Women Suddenly Scarce Among Justices' Clerks". New York Times. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  2. ^ "Guide to the Lucile Lomen Collection". Online Archive of California. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  3. ^ Biography for Lucile Lomen, Washington Law Review and State Bar Journal 20(2):108 (1945).
  4. ^ Douglas, William O. (1981). The Court Years, 1939-1975. New York: Vintage Books. p. 171. ISBN 978-0394749020. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  5. ^ Danelski, David J. (March 1999). "Lucile Lomen: The First Women to Clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court". Journal of Supreme Court History. 24 (1): 43–49. doi:10.1111/j.1540-5818.1999.tb00148.x.