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Constitution Award

2010 Honoree

Senior Judge Stephanie K. Seymour
United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit

The Honorable Stephanie K. Seymour is a Senior Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She was nominated to the Tenth Circuit by President Jimmy Carter in 1979 and became its first female judge when confirmed by the Senate. Seymour also was the first woman to sit as the court’s chief judge, serving in that capacity from 1994 to 2000.

Seymour received a bachelor’s degree from Smith College in 1962, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1965. Prior to joining the federal bench, she was in private practice for 15 years in Boston, Houston, and Tulsa.

The Judge currently serves on the Oklahoma State-Federal-Tribal Council and the Oklahoma City University School of Law Executive Board. Throughout her career she has volunteered with many efforts to advance women, legal education, and Indian law.

Seymour has received myriad honors including the Smith College Medal from her alma mater in 2010, the Sarah T. Hughes Civil Rights Award from the Federal Bar Association in 2007, the Lion of the Bar Award from the American Inns of Court Council Oaks Chapter in Tulsa in 2006, and the President’s Award from the Tulsa County Bar Association in 1998. In 2005, she was inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame.