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Mary Murphy Schroeder Senior Pic

Mary Murphy Schroeder graduated from Uni in 1958. During her time at Uni, Schroeder was involved in student council, theatre, musical clubs, and many various committees. Her freshman and senior year, Schroeder was Class President, and in her sophomore year she was Class Vice-President. Some of the committees Schroeder was a part of included the milk committee, tri-high committee, policy committee, and finance committee. In addition, Schroeder was a member of the school choir, ensemble, and orchestra. Schroeder was heavily involved in many extracurriculars at Uni, and became an even more distinguished individual.
After graduating from Uni, Schroeder received her Bachelors from Swarthmore College, and then her Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School. Later in her career, Schroeder was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where she served for 28 years. Schroeder was also the first female chief judge of the Ninth Circuit, a role she took from 2000 to 2007.


  • “Mary M. Schroeder.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 4 Oct. 2021
  • “Mary Murphy Schroeder: She Broke Barriers from the Start.” United States Courts
Senior Quote

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Education Mishap

Schroeder was hospitalized with a severe kidney infection the night before her final law exam at the University of Chicago, and was almost given an F on her exam for the incident.

Ties to the President

Schroeder and a dozen other women judges had the opportunity to meet President Jimmy Carter at the White House.