Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

March 29, 2013

W.Va.'s 1st female US magistrate judge retiring

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There weren't too many women in the courthouse at the time, she said.

"Everybody was as man — the court reporter, deputy clerk, all the marshals, all the probation officers — everyone was a man," Stanley said. "I would often be the only woman in the whole room during a hearing. So, you can't help but feel like you stick out."

Being the first female in her position, she said she set a higher standard for herself "because I felt like I had to demonstrate that women were as good or better than men. So, I've always tried to be the best. I felt like if I didn't do well that it would be more difficult for other women coming behind me."

Becoming a U.S. magistrate judge was less stressful and came at the right time in her life.

"When you're a young lawyer, you want to learn how to try cases and present matters to a jury, so that was great," she said. "But I also really got worn out and kind of burned out so that when I was in my mid-40s, it was a great time to go on the bench because I still got courtroom work but all I had to worry about was making decisions, and I can make decisions. I don't agonize over them for too long."

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