Rebecca Pallmeyer, '79, Becomes the First Female Chief Judge for the Northern District of Illinois

Judge Pallmeyer Breaks Glass Ceiling at Chicago’s Federal Court

The glass ceiling at the federal courthouse in Chicago is finally being broken after 200 years. U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer on Monday became the first female chief judge for the Northern District of Illinois.

Pallmeyer takes over the country’s third largest federal court district from Judge Ruben Castillo, who also broke barriers as the first Latino to serve as Chicago’s chief judge. He chose to announce his departure earlier this year on International Women’s Day – March 8 – to open the path for Pallmeyer after serving in that role for six years.

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