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Durham graduate Lady Justice Black to join UK Supreme Court

(24 July 2017)

Lady Justice Black has been appointed to the UK Supreme Court from October. She becomes only the second woman to serve on the UK’s top bench.


A Durham Law School graduate, Black was a student at Durham’s Trevelyan College and regularly returns to her alma mater to meet with students interested in pursuing legal careers. She is the second Durham Law graduate on the Supreme Court joining fellow alumni Lord Hughes, who was a student at Van Mildert College, Durham.


Professor Thom Brooks, the Dean of Durham Law School, said: “We’re delighted to see Lady Justice Black’s well deserved appointment – and we are proud to see a second graduate of our Law School join the UK Supreme Court in our 50th anniversary year. She has served as a distinguished and highly regarded judge. It is an outstanding accomplishment to become the Supreme Court’s second woman on the top bench and we’re proud of what she has achieved.”