Susan Denham ’72 LL.M. Named Ireland’s Chief Justice

Fall 2011

Susan Denham ’72 LL.M. was named chief justice of the Supreme Court of Ireland, becoming the first woman to lead that country’s highest court. The appointment marks yet another career milestone for Denham, who became the first woman named to Ireland’s Supreme Court when she was appointed in 1992. She is currently the court’s longest-serving member. During the past two decades, Denham has become known as a proponent of judicial reform, a cause she continues to further. She was instrumental in the creation of the Courts Service of Ireland, a state-funded organization that manages the operations of Ireland’s courts and promotes modernization of its judiciary.