September/October 2011
Chief Judge Karen Schreier receives the Judge Diana Murphy Legacy Award

On Thursday, October 13, the Infinity Project presented the Honorable Karen Schreier, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court of South Dakota, with the Diana Murphy Legacy Award. The Infinity Project is based at the University of Minnesota and is a coalition of lawyers, scholars and community leaders that is working to increase gender diversity on the federal bench.

The Judge Diana Murphy Legacy Award is intended to recognize those individuals and organizations that advance the position of women on the bench, support the progress of women in law, and uphold Judge Murphy’s legacy of excellence.

Judge Schreier has a history of firsts. She was the first female associate and partner at her law firm, Hagen, Wilka, Schreier and Archer. She became the first female United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota in 1993. She became the first female to serve as a federal district judge in South Dakota, and is the first female to serve as Chief Judge in the district.

The Murphy award was presented at a panel discussion about how those interested in gender diversity on the federal bench can inform and improve the judicial selection process. Jeffrey Toobin of CNN was the keynote speaker and moderator. Two judges from within the 8th Circuit were speakers on the panel: Magistrate Judge Celeste Bremer from the S.D. of Iowa and District Judge Audrey Fleissig from the E.D. of Missouri. Congratulations, Judge Schreier!


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