Amalya L. Kearse

Hon. Amalya L. Kearse
Firm: United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
Address: 500 Pearl Street
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 857-8500
(212) 857-8585
(212) 857-8702
(212) 857-8662
Fax: (212) 857-8710
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Amalya L. Kearse is a United States Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. At the time of her appointment in 1979, she was a partner in the New York law firm of Hughes, Hubbard & Reed.

Judge Kearse received her B.A. degree from Wellesley College in 1959, and her J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1962.

She practiced law with the New York firm of Hughes, Hubbard & Reed from 1962 to 1979, becoming a partner in 1969. She also served as an adjunct lecturer at the New York University School of Law from 1968 to 1969.

In 1979, Judge Kearse became the first woman to be elected to a fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers. She was a member of the University of Michigan Law School Committee of Visitors from 1971 to 1979.

Judge Kearse is a native of Vauxhall, New Jersey.

Current Employment Position(s):
Senior Judge

Appointed 1979 by President Carter
Bar Admissions:
New York, 1963
U.S. Supreme Court, 1967
U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1976
U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1976
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1964
U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1966
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1964
The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1962
Honors: cum laude
Honors: Order of the Coif
Honors: Moot Court Winner of Freshman Class Competition
Law Review: University of Michigan Law Review Editor, Member

Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 1959
Major: Philosophy

Published Works:
Note: Taxation of Collapsible Corporations, 59 Michigan Law Review 802, 1961

Note, Taxation of Collapsible Corporations, Reprinted in Tax Digest at 58, August, 1961

Space Communications and Law (With S.D. Estep), 60 Michigan Law Review 873, 1962

Tax Considerations in Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions, Black Enterprise at 51, April, 1973

Qualified Pension and Deferred Profit-Sharing Plans, Black Enterprise at 62, September, 1973

Federal Minimum Wage Standard, Black Enterprise at 61, October, 1973

Employers and Social Security, Black Enterprise at 64, November, 1973

Official Encyclopedia of Bridge (Editor), 3rd ed., 1976

Bridge Conventions Complete, 1st Edition 1975, 2nd Edition 1984, 3rd Edition 1990, 1975

Bridge at Your Fingertips, 1980

Championship Bridge (by Jose le Dentu), Translator With Alan Truscott, 1974

Bridge Analysis (by Jose Le Dentu), Editor and Translator, 1978

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Adjunct Lecturer, Evidence, New York University, 1968 - 1969

Honors and Awards:
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

National Women's Pairs Champion, 1971 - 1972

National Women's Teams Bridge Champion, 1987

World Women's Pairs Champion, 1986

Jason L. Honigman Award for Outstanding Contribution to Law Review Student Editorial Board, University of Michigan Law School

Honorary LL.D, Trinity College, 1981

Honorary LL.D., Georgetown University, 1982

Honorary LL.D., Bucknell University, 1983

Honorary LL.D., New York University, 1987

Honorary LL.D., Hartford University, 1993

Honorary Degree, Vermont Law School, 1987

Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Award, 1981

University of Michigan Outstanding Achievement Award, 1982

Recipient of Golden Plate Award from American Academy of Achievement, 1984

Presented with Commission Award from N.Y.C. Commission on the Status of Women, 1984

Voted Bridge Personality of the Year 1980, by International Bridge Press Association

Who's Who in America

Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Law Institute, 1977 - Present

American Bar Association, 1978 - Present

Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1964 - Present

American College of Trial Lawyers

Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 1970 - 1979
Member, Executive Committee

Y.W.C.A., New York City, 1976 - 1979

Legal Defense and Endowment Fund, 1977 - 1979
Board Member

American Contract Bridge League National Laws Commission, 1975 - Present

National Urban League, 1978 - 1979

National Women's Pairs Bridge Champion, 1971 - 1972

Charles Goren Editorial Board, 1974 - Present

President's Committee on Selection of Federal Judicial Officers, 1977 - 1978

University of Michigan Law School, 1971 - 1979
Member, Committee of Visitors

National Association of Women Judges

Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1964 - 1969
Member, Young Lawyers Committee

Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1967 - 1969

Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1969 - Present
Member, C. Bainbridge Smith Scholarship Committee

Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1979 - Present
Chairman, C. Bainbridge Smith Scholarship

Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1969 - 1970
Member, Committee on Civil Rights

Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1970 - 1971
Member, Committee on Judicial Selection & Tenure

Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1971 - 1972
Member, Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction

Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1976 - 1979
Member, Committee on the Judiciary

American Bar Association, 1978 - 1979
Council, Litigation Section

American Bar Association
Member, Antitrust Section Judicial Administration Division

Legal Aid Society, 1973 - 1977
Member, Board of Directors

Big Sisters, Inc., 1967 - 1971
Member, Board of Directors

American Contract Bridge League, 1970 - 1976
Member, Board of Governors

American Contract Bridge League, 1971 - 1975
Member, National Tournament Appeals Committee

Greater New York Bridge Association, 1966 - 1975
Member, Board of Directors

Greater New York Bridge Association
Counsel, 1970-1973; Chairman, 1973-1979

Greater New York Bridge Association, 1969 - 1979
Member, Conduct and Ethics Committee

American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Past Employment Positions:
Hughes, Hubbard & Reed, New York City, Partner, 1969 - 1979

Hughes, Hubbard & Reed, New York City, Associate, 1962 - 1969

Professors John W. Reed, Samuel D. Estep and Alan N. Polasky, Research Assistant

United States House of Representatives Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Special Study Project

Birth Information:
1937, Vauxhall, New Jersey, United States of America

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