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Supreme Court Historical Society Quarterly

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Monday, October 2, 1972 was a momentous day at the United States Supreme Court. At approximately 10:00 a.m., the Justices processed into the com1room to start October Term 1972. For the first time in the Court's history, a young woman took a seat on the raised rostrum. She was not Sandra Day O'Connor, who would become the first female Justice approximately nine years later. Her name was Deborah Gelin, and she was a fourteen-year-old high school student from Rockville, Maryland. Hired by the Court in September of 1972, Gelin was the first young woman to serve as a Supreme Court page. The goal of this short essay is to tell Gelin's story.



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