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Shirley Mount Hufstedler, lawyer, former United States Secretary of Education. Bar: California 1950. Named Woman of Year Ladies Home Journal, 1976; recipient University of California at Los Angeles medal, 1981, Lifetime Achievement award, The American Lawyer mag, 2007.


Shirley Mount Hufstedler was born August 24, 1925 in Denver, Colorado. As a teenager she was befriended by famed war correspondent Ernie Pyle after her father built the Pyle house in Albuquerque.


Bachelor of Business Administration, University New Mexico, 1945. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University New Mexico, 1972. Bachelor of Laws, Stanford University, 1949.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Wyoming, 1970. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Gonzaga University, 1970. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Occidental College, 1971.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Tufts University, 1974. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Southern California, 1976. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Georgetown University, 1976.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Pennsylvania, 1976. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Columbia University, 1977. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Michigan, 1979.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Yale University, 1981. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Rutgers University, 1981. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Claremont University Center, 1981.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Smith College, 1982. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Syracuse University, 1983. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Mount Holyoke College, 1985.

PHH (honorary), Hood College, 1981. PHH (honorary), Hebrew Union College, 1986. PHH (honorary), Tulane University, 1988.


Worked at Morrison & Foerster LLP. Admitted to the bar, 1950, California. Awarded Honorary Doctorates from: Claremont University Center, Columbia University.

Georgetown University. Gonzaga University; Hood College. University of the Pacific.

University of New Mexico. Occidental College; University of Pennsylvania. Rutgers University; University of Southern California.

Syracuse University; Smith College. Tufts University; Tulane University. University of Wyoming.

Yale University; Mt. Holyoke University. University of California at Los Angeles Medal. Earl Warren Medal, University of Judaism.

Louis Brandeis Medal, University of Louisville. Doctor Humane Letters, Hebrew Union College. Fordham Stein Prize, Fordham University.

American Bar Association Medal, 1995. Phi Alpha Delta; Order of the Coif. Article and Book Review Editor, Stanford Law Review, 1948-1949.

Associate: Charles E. Beardsley, 1951-1954. Beardsley, Hufstedler & Kemble, 1955-1960. Special Legal Consultant to the Attorney General of California, 1960-1961.

Judge, Los Angeles County Superior Court, 1961-1966. Associate Justice, California Court of Appeals, 1966-1968. United States Circuit Judge, United States.

Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1968-1979. United States Secretary of Education, 1979-1981. Faculty Member, Appellate Judges Seminar, Institute of Judicial Administration, 1970-1971.

Phleger Professor of Law, Stanford Law School, 1982. Member of the Board: Occidental College, 1972-1979, 1981-1990. Aspen Institute, 1973-1979, 1981-1995.

American Law Institute, 1974-1985. California Institute of Technology, 1975-1979, 1981—. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1976-1994.

Institute for Civil Justice, 1981-1988. Center For National Policy, 1981-1986. Natural Resources Defense Council, 1983-1985.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1985—. Institute for Advanced Study, 1985-1986. John D.C. Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 1983—.

Chair, Law Faculty, Salzburg Seminar in American Studies, Austria, 1976. Member, Board of Trustees, Salzburg Seminar, 1986-1990. Director: Hewlett Packard Company, 1982-1996.

US West, Inc., 1983-1996. Harman Industries International, Inc., 1986—. Chair, United States.

Commission on Immigration Reform, 1996—. Author: "Woman and The Law," Equal Justice Under Law, United States Department of Justice, Bicentennial Lecture Series. "Comity and The Constitution, The Changing Role of The Federal Judiciary," 47 N.Y.U.L. Rev.

841, 1972; "The Directions and Misdirections of a Constitutional Right of Privacy," Benjamin Cardozo Lecture (Association of the Bar of the City of New York): published by the Association of the Bar, 1971. "New Blocks For Old Pyramids: Reshaping The Judicial System," (Charles Evans Hughes Address for the New York County Bar Association), 44 S. Cal. L. Rev. 901, 1971; "Invisible Searches for Intangible Things," 127 U. Pa.

L. Rev. 1483, 1979; "Constitutional Revision and Appellate Court Decongestants," 44 Washington Law Review 577, 1969. Member: Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Honorary Member). Los Angeles County and American Bar Associations.

The State Bar of California. American Bar Foundation. International Federation of Women Lawyers.

Women Lawyers Association. Institute of Judicial Administration. Council on Foreign Relations.

Fellow: American Academy of Arts and Sciences. St. Catherine's College, Oxford, England. Morrison & Foerster is one of the world's largest international law firms with over 500 lawyers in 14 offices worldwide.

The firm's legal practice encompasses every major area of commercial law, including corporate finance, project finance, institutional lending, financial services, real estate, environmental and land use planning, mining and natural resources, multimedia, intellectual property, energy, communications, computer technology, insurance, alternative dispute resolution, product liability, bankruptcy and workouts, estate planning, probate, trust administration, financial transactions, labor and employment, immigration, civil, criminal and securities litigation, entertainment and sports, food and beverage, health care, hotel and resort, antitrust, international business, international litigation and arbitration, trade regulation, transportation and tax.


  • Bar: California 1950.


  • Other Work

    • Member staff Stanford Law Rev, 1947-1949. Articles and book review editor, 1948-1949.


Trustee California Institute of Technology, Occidental College, 1972-1989, Aspen Institute, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1976-1993, Constitutional Rights Foundation, 1978-1980, National Resources Defense Council, 1983-1985, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1983-1994. Board directors John T. and Catherine MacArthur Foundation, 1983—2002. Chair United States Commission on Immigration Reform, 1996-1997.

Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences. Member American Bar Association (medal 1995), Los Angeles Bar Association, Town Hall, American Law Institute (council 1974-1984), American Bar Foundation, Women Lawyers Association (president 1957-1958), American Judicature Society, Association of the Bar of City of New York, Council on Foreign Relations (emeritus), Order of Coif.


Married Seth Martin Hufstedler, August 16, 1949. 1 son, Steven Mark.

Earl Stanley Mount

Eva (Von Behren) Mount

Seth Martin Hufstedler