Judge, U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Nominated by Harry S. Truman on January 5, 1950; Confirmed by the Senate on April 4, 1950, and received commission on April 7, 1950. Assumed senior status on 3/1/1968. Service terminated on 4/25/1988, due to death.
Education: National University Law School, Washington, DC, LL.B., 1919
National University Law School, Washington, DC, LL.M., 1920
Roma Christine Harlan (1912-2003) studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and under several portrait artists in Chicago. Upon graduation, she worked as the resident portrait artist for the Lake Shore Club of Chicago. Harlan painted the portrait of Justice Burnita Shelton Matthews, the first woman to serve as a federal district judge in 1973. A former president of the National Association of Women Lawyers, one of the organizations that supported the commissioning of the portrait of Judge Matthews, stated that the organization lent its support “because of their affection for this great lady whose indomitable spirit has made her the foremost feminist of her time.” In addition, her work includes portraits of Senator Edward Martin of Pennsylvania, Senator Kenneth Spicer Wherry of Nebraska, and other political and military leaders. Today, Harlan’s work is featured in private and public collections in the United States, including the U.S. Senate.
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1920-1949
Counsel, National Woman`s Party, 1921-1934
Associate editor, Women Lawyer`s Journal, 1934-1935
Professor, Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C., 1933-1939, 1942-1948