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The Nation’s First Openly-Lesbian Judge, Mary Morgan, Announces Retirement

by The Next Family March 27, 2011

By: The Seattle Lesbian

Photo: SF Weekly

The nation’s first openly-lesbian judge has announced her retirement from the bench. San Francisco superior court judge Mary Morgan, 65, is hanging up her robe after twenty years’ of service.

During her tenure (2006-2010), Morgan presided once a week over the Behavioral Health Court, which hears the cases of mentally ill defendants (except those charged with certain major crimes), refers them to services, and allows for the dismissal of charges if they complete a court-ordered program. She has said she is “proud of the difference I was able to make alongside other justice partners committed to having people live happier, healthier and more productive lives.”

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