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News from the Hill April 21, 2009 | back to index

President Obama appoints former faculty member to chief judgeship

President Barak Obama has named Emily C. Hewitt as chief judge of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Hewitt was an assistant professor of religion and education at Andover Newton from 1973 to 1975.

A graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York, Hewitt was, in 1974, one of the first 11 women ordained to the Episcopal priesthood, two years before the church officially recognized the ordination of women.

Hewitt is a 1978 graduate, with honors, of Harvard Law School. She worked for the Boston law firm of Hill & Barlow until 1993, when she entered public service as Chief Counsel of the United States General Services Administration (GSA). In 1998, President Bill Clinton appointed her to the Court of Federal Claims. The court is responsible for causes involving monetary claims against the U.S. government.