White featured in 'Women of History in the Region' Lecture Series

April 10, 2001

JOHNSON CITY - "Yellow Roses, Glass Ceilings, and Ally McBeal" will be addressed by The Honorable Penny J. White, guest speaker for the third annual lecture in the Women of History in the Region Lecture Series at East Tennessee State University.

White's talk, sponsored by the Women's Resource Center at ETSU, will be held Thursday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the D.P. Culp University Center's Martha Street Culp Auditorium.

The Kingsport native received a bachelor of science degree from ETSU in 1978 and a doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1981. While a student at ETSU, she was the first woman president of the Student Government Association and the first student to receive a Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society fellowship for graduate study.

In August 1990, White became the first woman elected as Circuit Court Judge, Part II, for the First Judicial District of Tennessee. She was later appointed to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals in August 1992 by then Gov. Ned McWherter. Two years later, White received a higher appointment to the Tennessee Supreme Court as justice. Since 1996, she has lectured and taught throughout the U.S. She is currently an associate professor of law at UT.

White's lecture is free and open to the public, with a reception following. For more information or for special assistance or seating for persons with disabilities, call the ETSU Women's Resource Center at (423) 439-7847.

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