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Amalya Lyle Kearse

Appointed by  Jimmy Carter
Role  Judge
Name  Amalya Kearse
Succeeded by  Reena Raggi
Preceded by  Seat established

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Born  June 11, 1937 (age 78) Vauxhall, New Jersey, USA (1937-06-11)
Alma mater  Wellesley College University of Michigan
Books  Bridge Conventions Complete
Education  Wellesley College, Columbia High School, University of Michigan Law School, University of Michigan
Similar People  Jacqui Mitchell, Dorothy Hayden Truscott, Jill Meyers, Irina Levitina, Lynn Baker

Amalya Lyle Kearse (born June 11, 1937) is a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and a world-class bridge player.


Legal career

Kearse was born in Vauxhall, New Jersey. Her father was a postmaster and her mother was a doctor. She attended Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey. A philosophy major and 1959 graduate of Wellesley College, she was the only black woman in her law school class at the University of Michigan Law School. She was an editor of the law review and graduated cum laude in 1962.

She entered private practice in New York City and rose to become a partner in the respected Wall Street firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed. She was an adjunct lecturer at New York University Law School from 1968 to 1969.

Appointed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, she was the first woman and only the second black person (after Thurgood Marshall) on the court. In 1992, she was considered by President Bill Clinton for appointment as United States Attorney General; the job eventually went to Janet Reno. On June 11, 2002, she took senior status.

Bridge career

Kearse is also known as a world-class bridge player. In 1986, playing with longtime partner Jacqui Mitchell, she won the World Women Pairs Championship which earned her the title of World Bridge Federation World Life Master. She is also a seven-time U.S. national champion of the game.


  • ACBL Hall of Fame, Blackwood Award 2004
  • Awards

  • Charles H. Goren Award (Personality of the Year) 1980
  • Wins

  • World Women's Pairs (1) 1986
  • North American Bridge Championships (6)
  • Women's Board-a-Match Teams (1) 1990
  • Women's Knockout Teams (1) 1987
  • Women's Swiss Teams (1) 1991
  • Life Master Women's Pairs (1) 1972
  • Women's Pairs (2) 1971, 2004
  • United States Bridge Championships (1)
  • Women's Team Trials (1) 1992
  • Runners-up

  • North American Bridge Championships (3)
  • Mixed Board-a-Match Teams (1) 1996
  • Women's Knockout Teams (1) 1991
  • Women's Swiss Teams (1) 2001
  • United States Bridge Championships (3)
  • Women's Team Trials (3) 1988, 1995, 2004
  • Other notable 2nd places:
  • IOC Grand Prix Women's Teams (1) 2002
  • Publications

  • — (1990). Bridge Convention Complete (Revised and Expanded ed.). Louisville, KY: Devyn Press, Inc. p. 1121. ISBN 0-910791-76-7. 
  • References

    Amalya Lyle Kearse Wikipedia

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