In 1984, Judge Newman ’58 became the first woman to be appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Her trailblazing career, however, began with her studies in science. She obtained a M.A. in pure science from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Yale University, becoming the first woman Ph.D. to be hired as a research scientist at American Cyanamid. When she subsequently decided to pursue a law degree at New York University School of Law, Judge Newman embarked on a legal career that became shaped by her scientific background. Judge Newman worked for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as a science policy specialist, served on the Domestic Policy Review of Industrial Innovation from 1978 to 1979, on the State Department Advisory Committee on International Intellectual Property from 1974 to 1984, and from 1982 to 1984 as Special Adviser to the United States Delegation to the Diplomatic Conference on the Revision of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property. Over the years and through various contributions Judge Newman inspired generations of young scholars to develop an interest in intellectual property law. She has also endowed the Pauline Newman Professorship of Law, now held by Professor Rochelle C. Dreyfuss.
Established with generous support from Judge Newman, the Pauline Newman Program for Science, Technology and International Law reflects the breadth and ambition of Judge Newman’s illustrious career. The Pauline Newman Program will support path-breaking interdisciplinary research and explorations on issues of planetary importance.