Georgetown Law Recognizes Outstanding Women Graduates

April 25, 2014 —

Marilyn L. Milian, L'84 Marilyn L. Milian, L'84
Sara Crown Star, L'85 Sara Crown Star, L'85

Georgetown University Law Center honored the achievements of two distinguished women graduates with the 2014 Alumnae Award at its annual Women's Forum on April 25.

The Honorable Marilyn L. Milian, L'84 and Sara Crown Star, L'85 received Law Center Alumnae Awards for their contributions to the legal profession, their communities and the Law Center. 

As a Georgetown Law student, Milian recalls watching "The People's Court" with her classmates. Today, as the first Latina judge to host a nationally syndicated television court show, she presides over "The People's Court." The native of Queens, NY has spent time in many other courtrooms as well. Then-Florida Governor Jeb Bush appointed her to the Miami Circuit Court in 1999, where she served in the criminal division, and she previously spent five years on the Miami County Court. From 1984 to 1994, Milian was an assistant state attorney for the Dade County State Attorney's Office. Milian appears as a legal expert on CNN, Fox News and HLN, among other outlets. She is dedicated to philanthropic work, having served as the 2010-2011 spokesperson for the FBI's Safe Online Surfing campaign and as an ambassador of south Florida's After-School All-Stars program. She is also a well known advocate against domestic violence.

Star is a community leader, based in Chicago, who is active in numerous non-profit and charitable organizations, focused particularly on early childhood education, medical research and health care, and Jewish community leadership and philanthropy. She is a director of the Crown Family Foundation and a member of the Georgetown Law Board of Visitors. Among her many contributions to Georgetown Law, Star created the Bazelon Fellowship at Washington, D.C.'s Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, an intensive internship for select graduates of the Law Center. She is also working to develop a Georgetown Law program in basic business education for future attorneys. A graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program for transformative Jewish leadership, Star has become a major contributor to the American Jewish community. She is incoming chair of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago’s 2015 campaign and a governor of Hebrew Union College.   

Founded in 1998, the Georgetown Law Women’s Forum grew out of discussions with law alumnae about the special issues, opportunities and constraints faced by women in the legal profession. The annual event is designed to develop networks of Law Center alumnae and to foster mentoring relationships between alumnae and students. 

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