In 1993, President Clinton nominated Judge Daughtrey to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She was confirmed by the Senate on November 20, 1993.
Martha Craig Daughtrey was born in Covington, Kentucky in 1942. She received her bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University in 1964 and graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1968. She is a member of both Phi Beta Kappa and Order of the Coif.
From 1968 until 1972, Daughtrey worked as a prosecutor in both federal and state courts in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1972, Daughtrey was the first woman appointed to the faculty of Vanderbilt University School of Law and taught there as an assistant professor until 1975. Judge Daughtrey served as a judge on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals from 1975-1990 and as an associate justice on the Tennessee Supreme Court from 1990-1993. She was the first woman to serve on both courts.
Judge Daughtrey is also currently a faculty member of the Institute of Judicial Administration Appellate Judges Seminar at New York University. She serves as a council member of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar and is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the Tennessee Bar Foundation and the Nashville Bar Foundation. Judge Daughtrey has chaired the Judicial Division of the ABA and the ABA's Appellate Judges= Conference. She is a past president of the National Association of Women Judges and of the Women Judges= Fund for Justice.
Judge Daughtrey has been honored for her work by the ABA=s Margaret Brent Women of Acheivement Award in 2003 and the National Association of Women Lawyer=s President Award in 1998, and by being named the National Association of Women Judges Honoree of the Year in 1998, among other numerous awards and recognitions.
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