Cheltenham High School Hall of Fame

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Norma Levy Shapiro

class of 1945
inducted in 1981

Norma Levy Shapiro

U.S. District Court Judge

A 1945 CHS graduate, Shapiro served as editor of the El Delator. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan and was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia. After law school, she served as law clerk to Justice Horace Stern of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

She then became an associate and eventual partner, in the law firm of Deckert, Price and Rhoads of Philadelphia, until her appointment to the Federal Bench in 1978. She became the first woman judge for the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Association. She has served as both a member and president of the Board of School Directors of Lower
Merion, Pennsylvania. Presently she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Albert Einstein Hospital and a Trustee for the Federation of Allied Jewish Agencies. Shapiro is also a member of the Board of Jewish Publication Society.

Shapiro and her husband Bernard have three children: Finley, Neil and Aaron. Her husband is chief of Nuclear Medicine at Einstein Hospital-Northern Division.