Keynote Speaker

IWL is honored to welcome our keynote speaker for the 2019 Gala: the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder, Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  

Judge Schroeder has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit since 1979 and served as Chief Judge from 2000 to 2007. She was the first woman to serve on the Arizona Court of Appeals and the first woman from Arizona to be appointed to the Ninth Circuit.

Judge Schroeder also authored the first Arizona law barring employment discrimination on the basis of sex. Judge Schroeder is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and is the recipient of the Arizona State Bar Association’s James A. Walsh Outstanding Jurist Award, the American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Award, and the Joan Dempsey Klein NAWJ Honoree of the Year Award.