Florence L. Riley ’35

June 4, 2011

Fall 2011

Florence L. Riley ’35 was a skilled former lawyer and judge who was among the first generation of women to attend Columbia Law School. She passed away on June 4, 2011, at her residence in Manhattan. She was 99.

Riley graduated from Barnard in 1932 and promptly enrolled at the Law School; she was one of three women in her graduating class. Riley worked for the U.S. Treasury Department; Alley, Coles, Grime & Friedman; and the New York City Corporation Counsel Office, before becoming a New York City Housing Court judge. After her retirement in 1975, she served as a hearing officer in the New York Police Department.

Riley’s family has established the Hon. Florence L. Riley Scholarship Fund at the Law School.