Constance Motley

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Constance Motley
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Title:   Former Judge
Position:   Seat #5T
Service:
Appointed by:   Lyndon Johnson
Active:   8/30/1966-9/29/1986
Preceded by:   Archie Dawson
Succeeded by:   Kimba Wood
Personal History
Born:   1921
Undergraduate:   New York University (1943)
Law School:   Columbia Law School (1946)



Constance Baker Motley (1921-2005) was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Motley was nominated by President Lyndon Johnson on January 26, 1966, to a seat vacated by Archie Dawson; she was confirmed by the Senate on August 30, 1966, and received commission that same day. She served as chief judge from 1982-1986. Motley was succeeded in this position by Kimba Wood. She assumed senior status on September 30, 1986, and served in that capacity until her death on September 28, 2005.[1]

Early life and education

  • New York University, B.A., 1943
  • Columbia Law School, LL.B., 1946[1]

Professional career

  • Attorney, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, 1945-1965
  • Member, New York State Advisory Council on Employment and Unemployment Insurance, 1958-1964
  • Member, New York State Senate, 1964-1965
  • President, Borough of Manhattan, New York, 1965-1966[1]

Judicial career

Southern District of New York

Motley was nominated by President Lyndon Johnson on January 26, 1966, to a seat vacated by Archie Dawson; she was confirmed by the Senate on August 30, 1966, and received commission that same day. She served as chief judge from 1982-1986. Motley was succeeded in this position by Kimba Wood. She assumed senior status on September 30, 1986, and served in that capacity until her death on September 28, 2005.[1]

References

Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Archie Dawson
Southern District of New York
1966–1986
Succeeded by:
Kimba Wood