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Phyllis A. Kravitch

Phyllis Adele Kravitch (August 23, 1920 – June 15, 2017) was a Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta, Georgia.

Phyllis A. Kravitch
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
In office
October 1, 1981 – December 31, 1996
Preceded by Seat established
Succeeded by Frank Hull
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
In office
March 23, 1979 – October 1, 1981
Appointed by Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Lewis Morgan
Succeeded by Seat abolished
Personal details
Born (1920-08-23)August 23, 1920
Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
Died June 15, 2017(2017-06-15) (aged 96)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Education Armstrong State University
Goucher College (BA)
University of Pennsylvania (LLB)

Kravitch was born in Savannah, Georgia, one of four daughters of Aaron Kravitch, an attorney, and Ella B. Wiseman.[1] She attended Armstrong Junior College (Savannah, Georgia), receiving an A.A. (1939). She later obtained her B.A. from Goucher College in 1941.[2] She graduated with a LL.B. from University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1943, her father Aaron's alma mater (Law 1917).[3] At University of Pennsylvania she served on the Law Review Board of Editors. She was in private practice from 1944 to 1976 and then served from 1977 to 1979 as a judge on the Superior Court of the Eastern Judicial Circuit of Georgia.[4]

President Jimmy Carter nominated Kravitch to the federal bench and she was ultimately appointed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1979, the third woman to serve as a U.S. Circuit Court judge.[5][6][7] In 1981, when the Fifth Circuit was split into the Fifth and Eleventh Circuit, Kravitch became a judge on the Eleventh Circuit, where she still sat as of 2015. Kravitch took senior status on December 31, 1996.[8][9] She died on June 15, 2017, at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta at age 96.[10]

Kravitch clerks who went on to clerk at U.S. Supreme CourtEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Averitt, Jack N. (2009). Families of Southeastern Georgia. Genealogical Publishing. p. 177. ISBN 0806350997. Retrieved June 15, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Entry for Kravitch, Phyllis A.". Women's Legal History. Stanford Law School. Retrieved June 15, 2017. 
  3. ^ Bonett, Jennifer Baldino. "A Women's Place is on the Bench". University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved June 14, 2017. 
  4. ^ Entry for Phyllis Kravitch, Findlaw Attorney Directory. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  5. ^ Weatherford, Doris (2012). Women in American Politics: History and Milestones. Sage Publishing. p. 373. ISBN 1608710076. Retrieved June 15, 2017. 
  6. ^ Poole, Sheila M. (June 14, 2012). "Carter honored for appointing women, African Americans to the federal bench". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved June 15, 2017. 
  7. ^ Poole, Sheila (March 20, 2017). "Jewish women honor John Lewis, Hillary Clinton in Atlanta". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved June 15, 2017. 
  8. ^ United States Courts
  9. ^ Rankin, Bill (December 1, 2011). "Court appears ready to hand legal victory to transgender woman". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved June 15, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Judge Phyllis Kravitch dies, recalled as small in stature with giant reputation". Savannah Now.com, June 15, 2017. Retrieved June 15, 2017.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Lewis Morgan
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
1979–1981
Seat abolished
New seat Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
1981–1996
Succeeded by
Frank Hull