Clarifying my entry from yesterday, Judge Lynch will be the first female Chief Judge for the First Circuit. The first female Chief Judge of any U.S. Court of Appeals was Florence Allen, of the 6th Ciruit, who became the first female judge on any U.S. Court of Appeals in 1934. Since then, there have been at least 9 female chief judges, including the second, Patricia Wald (D.C. Cir. 1986-1991), and Dolores Sloviter (3rd Cir. – 1991-98). Having argued in front of Judge Wald, I can attest that soon-to-be Chief Judge Lynch will be among some great company when she joins this august group.
First Females – a correction and amplification