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Norma Sondra Levy Shapiro

Norma Sondra Levy Shapiro, American federal judge. Bar: Pennsylvania 1952, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1978. Named Woman of Year, Oxford Circle Jewish Community Center, 1979, Woman of Distinction, Golden Slipper Club, 1979; Gowen fellow, 1954-1955; recipient Hannah G. Solomon award National Council Jewish Women, 1992; Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania; Liberty Bell award, Berks County Bar Association.


Shapiro, Norma Sondra Levy was born on July 27, 1928 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Daughter of Bert and Jane (Kotkin) Levy.


Bachelor in Political Theory with honors, University of Michigan, 1948;Juris Doctor magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 1951.


Law clerk to presiding justice, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, 1951-1952;instructor, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1951-1952, 55-56;associate, Dechert Price & Rhoads, Philadelphia, 1956-1958, 67-73;partner, Dechert Price & Rhoads, 1973-1978;judge, United States District Court (eastern district) Pennsylvania, since 1978. Associate trustee University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1978-1993. Former trustee Women's Law Project, Albert Einstein Medical Center.

Vice president Jewish Public Society. Trustee Federation Jewish Agilysys, 1980-1983. Member lawyers advisory panel Pennsylvania Governor's Commision on Status of Women, 1974.

Legal advisory regional Council Child Psychiatry, board directors Women Judges' Fund for Justice.


Member Lower Merion County (Pennsylvania) Board School Directors, 1968-1977, president, 1977, vice president, 1976. Vice president Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Philadelphia, 1975-1977. Chairman legal affairs committee, 1978.

President Belmont Hills Home and School Association, Lower Merion Township. Legislation chairman Lower Merion School District Intersch. Council; member Task Force on Mental Health of Children and Youth of Pennsylvania.

Treasurer, chairman education committee Human Relations Council, Lower Merion. Vice president, parliamentarian Nes Ami Penn Valley Congregation, Lower Merion Township. Member American Law Institute, American Bar Foundation, American Bar Association (house delegations 1990-1996, county/chairman conference federal judges 1986-1987, chairman judicial division 1996-1997, Margaret Brent Women Lawyers Achievement award 1999, board governor since 2003), Pennsylvania Bar Association (house of deals 1979-1981), Philadelphia Bar Association (chairman committee women's rights 1972, 74-75, chairman board governors 1977-1978, chairman public relations committee 1978, Sandra Day O'Connor award), Federal Bar Association (Bill of Rights award 1991), National Association Women Lawyers, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, American Judicature Society, Philadelphia, National Association Women Judges (executive communications board director), Fellowship Commission, Order of Coif (chapter president 1973-1975), Tau Epsilon Rho.


Married Bernard Shapiro, August 21, 1949. Children: Finley, Neil, Aaron.