Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Norma Wollenberg and Jennifer Bieber will be representing Royalton and the Royalton Historical Society at this luncheon that was mentioned in the Buffalo News...

Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood, the Western New Yorkborn attorney who in 1879 became the first woman to practice before the U. S. Supreme Court, will be among the eight people honored at the seventh celebration of the Women in the Law Luncheon at noon Wednesday in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.

Officials of the Gender and Racial Fairness Committee of the state’s Buffalo-based Eighth Judicial District are sponsoring the event honoring women involved in the local courts for their contributions to the bench, bar and community.

Born in Royalton on Oct. 24, 1830, Lockwood was one of the first women to run for president of the United States in her bids with the National Equal Rights Party in 1884 and 1888. A well-respected writer on women’s suffrage and the need for legal equality for women, Lockwood died in 1917 and is buried in the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D. C.

In addition to Lockwood, the luncheon will honor Administrative Judge Paula L. Feroleto of the Eighth Judicial District, Niagara County Sheriff’s Capt. Kristen M. Neubauer, retired State Supreme Court chief clerk Christine Nestor, senior state court analyst Veronica K. Rucker, senior court reporter Sandra K. Scruggs, former City Judge Barbara M. Sims and State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang.