Retired Faculty Wives/Faculty Women's Club to hear talk by 'Trunk Murderess' author

September 21, 2010

The first fall meeting of the Retired ASU Faculty Wives/Faculty Women's Club will take place at noon, Oct. 11, at the Shalimar Country Club, 2032 E. Golf Ave, Tempe. Guest speaker Jana Boomersbach will discuss her book, "The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd."

Winnie Ruth Judd, a minister's daughter, was charged in the 1930s with brutally murdering two girlfriends, 24-year-old Hedvig Samuelson and 32-year-old Agnes Anne LeRoi, and then shipping a trunk containing their dismembered bodies to Los Angeles by train, while she rode along. Download Full Image

Winnie Ruth was saved from hanging by being declared guilty by reason of insanity. She, then, proceeded to escape the State Hospital on a regular basis as, over the years, observers wondered more and more how the petite sweet Winnie Ruth Judd could have perpetrated such a heinous crime.

Boomersbach, who has won numerous prizes for her articles published in the Arizona Republic, the New Times, and other publications, will bring members up to date on the latest facts in the case.

Upcoming speakers and topics will be Catherine Ogrady, associate dean of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, who will discuss Arizona's new illegal immigration laws; the president and CEO of the Musical Instrument Museum; and ASU past-president Lattie Coor, whose topic will be "The Arizona We Want."

The Retired ASU Faculty Wives/Faculty Women's Club meets each second Monday of the month except during the summer. For more information contact Ann Patterson, (480) 967-5228.

Alumna featured in 'National Law Journal'

September 21, 2010

Arizona Solicitor General Mary O’Grady (Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Class of 1987) is profiled as “Appellate Lawyer of the Week” in a recent issue of The National Law Journal.

O’Grady will make her first argument before the U.S. Supreme Court in the new term in Chamber of Commerce of the United States v. Candelaria, where she will defend against a federal preemption challenging Arizona’s law imposing sanctions on employers hiring illegal aliens. Download Full Image

She also is involved in an Arizona school choice taxation case, a challenge to the state’s campaign finance law and a federal court battle over the Arizona’s new controversial immigration bill.

O’Grady, who has been Solicitor General for eight years, serves at the pleasure of the Attorney General. The current office holder, Terry Goddard, is termed out, and a new attorney general will be sworn in next January.

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