Stephanie Kulp Seymour
Judge Stephanie Kulp Seymour was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1940. She grew up going on extensive family vacations where she learned a lot about the world. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Smith College in 1962, where she graduated magna cum laude, and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School. She was one of twenty-three women of 550 students to graduate from Harvard Law School in 1965. At this time, only 3 percent of law school graduates in the United States were women.
After working in private practice in Boston, Houston, and Tulsa for fourteen years, in 1979 she was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to fill a new seat on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. She served as Chief Judge of the Tenth Circuit from 1994 to 2000, and in 2005 she assumed senior status. She was the first female judge to serve on the Tenth Circuit and the first to serve as Chief Judge. She was also the first woman to serve as chair of the US Judicial Conference. She was inducted in the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame in 2005.
Seymour enjoys her position as senior judge, as well as traveling and spending time with her husband, Tom, four children, Bart, Bria, Sara, and Anna, and their families.
(Bio current as of 2011)