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Joyce Hens Green, American federal judge. Recipient Alumni Achievement award George Washington University, 1975, Professional Achievement award, 1978, Outstanding Contribution to Equal Rights award Women's Legal Defense Fund, 1976, honorary doctor of Laws George Washington University, 1994, United States Department Justice Edmund J. Randolph award, 1995, Professionalism award District of Columbia Circuit, American Inns Court, 2004.


Green, Joyce Hens was born on November 13, 1928 in New York City. Daughter of James S. and Hedy (Bucher) Hens.


Bachelor, University Maryland, 1949. Juris Doctor, George Washington University, 1951. Doctor of Laws, George Washington University, 1994.


Practice law, Washington, 1951-1968, Arlington, Virginia, 1956-1968. Partner Green & Green, 1966-1968. Associate judge District of Columbia Superior Court, 1968-1979.

Judge United States District Court District of Columbia, 1979—1995, senior judge, since 1995. Judge presiding United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, 1988-1995. Board advisors George Washington University Law School, 1991-2001.

Judicial branch committee Judicial Conference United States, 1995-2001.


Chair Task Force on Gender, Race and Ethnic Bias for the District of Columbia Circuit. Fellow American Bar Foundation. American Bar Association (judicial administration division, chair national conference federal trial judges), Federal Judges Association, National Association Women Judges, Virginia Bar Association, Bar Association District of Columbia (judicial honoree of Year 1994), District of Columbia Bar, District of Columbia Women's Bar Association, (president 1960-1962, women lawyer of year 1979), Executive Women in Government (chairman 1977), Lawyers Club of Washington, Woman's Forum of Washington District of Columbia.


Married Samuel Green, September 25, 1965 (deceased). Children: Michael Timothy, June Heather, James Harry.