Motz named to Women's Hall of Fame

Federal judge Diana Motz has been inducted into the 2012 Maryland Women's Hall of Fame. (Submitted photo / March 11, 2012)

Federal judge Diana Motz, of Homeland, a longtime member of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, is one of six women named to the 2012 Maryland Women's Hall of Fame.

A Clinton appointee to the court in 1994, Motz, now 68, was the first Maryland woman appointed to the court, and only the second woman in the court's 150-year history, Hall of Fame officials said.

Among Motz's recent rulings are two opinions rejecting constitutional challenges to President Obama's health care legislation, according to biographical information from Hall of Fame officials. Those challenges are now before theU.S. Supreme Court.

The former Baltimore lawyer, assistant Maryland attorney general and chief of litigation for the attorney general's office, was appointed by Gov. William Donald Schaefer to the Maryland Court of Appeals in 1991.She was appointed to the federal bench three years later. Early on, she dissented when the 4th Circuit ruled that universities that refuse to admit women are still eligible for federal funding. The high court reversed the ruling, "expressly" siding with Motz, Hall of Fame officials said in a press release.


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Motz, a Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital trustee, has also received the Distinguished Woman award from the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, as well as the Rita C. Davidson Award from the Women's Bar Association of Maryland, that organization's highest honor. Names for its first recipient in 1995, the award is granted to individuals who contribute to the integrity of the legal profession, advance the interests of women in the practice of law and advance the status of women in society and the legal profession, among other criteria

Motz is married with three children and two grandchildren.

The Hall of Fame honors Maryland women who made "unique and lasting contributions to the economic, political, cultural and social life of the state, and who provide visible models of achievement for tomorrow's female leaders,' according to the press release.

Others named to the Women's Hall of Fame for 2012 are:

Alice Manicur, an educator and Frostburg State University's chief student affairs officer for 46 years, who has started many ground-breaking services and programs.

Gwendolyn Rooks, former principal of Hamilton Elementary School, founder of the after-school AKAdemy program in Maryland, which offers arts-based education to middle school girls to help improve school performance and provide a safe environment.

Margaret Dunkle, an author, activist and "unsung heroine" of Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in schools and colleges that receive federal funding.

Maureen Black, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is also the founder and director of the UM Growth and Nutrition Clinic, which provides services to children with poor growth and feeding problems.

Nancy Kopp, Maryland state treasurer and only the second woman to serve in that capacity in the state.

An induction ceremony was held March 7 at the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis.