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 Amalya  KEARSE

 

 Amalya Ŕ nata l'11 giugno del 1937 a Vauxhall nel New Jersey, Ŕ un giudice ed Ŕ stata la prima donna a sedere nella Corte Federale d'Appello di Manhattan.

 Ha studiato alla Columbia High School di Maplewood e si laureata in filosofia al Wellesey College ed in legge alla University of Michigan Law School.

 Nel mondo del Bridge Amalya Ŕ una World Women Life Master che per anni ha cercato faticosamente di conciliare il suo  impegnativo lavoro con il bridge che ama moltissimo.

 Sul piano internazionale ha vinto la medaglia d'oro in coppia con Jacqui Mitchell ai mondiali di Bal Harbour nel 1986, la medaglia d'argento nella Venice Cup cinese del 1995 e nello IOC Ladies di Salt Lake City nel 2002.

 Sul piano nazionale ha vinto 5 Campionati Nord Americani (tra cui ricordiamo i Whitehead del 1971 e 2004 e lo Sternberg del 1990) e sette Campionati ABA.

La Kearse ha anche ricoperto diverse cariche federali in seno alla ACBL ed Ŕ stata l'editrice della terza edizione della "Official Encyclopedia of Bridge" e l'autrice di alcuni testi molto diffusi negli Stati Uniti tra i quali ricordiamo "Bridge Convention Complete" che ne riporta oltre 700. 

Nel 1980 Ŕ stata nominata personalitÓ dell'anno dalla International Bridge Press Association e nel 2004 ha ricevuto l'onore di far parte della Hall of Fame della ACBL.

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

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.

Appointed to the Second Circuit appellate court 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. In 2002 she took senior status.

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.

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