Rebecca Pallmeyer, '79, Profiled in Chicago Tribune

'Eminently fair’ Rebecca Pallmeyer takes the reins as Chicago federal court’s 1st female chief judge

Pallmeyer, the daughter of a Lutheran minister, was born in Tokyo, but her buoyant, Midwestern-hued voice signals her St. Louis upbringing.

After studying history and the humanities at Valparaiso University, Pallmeyer coupled a love of arguing with a desire for academic structure at the University of Chicago Law School, where she graduated in 1979.

It was while clerking for Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Wahl — the state’s first woman to hold the position — that Pallmeyer started to imagine becoming a judge.

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