WANT TO GO?
Women of Achievement awards luncheon
WHEN: March 8, noon to 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Charleston Embassy Suites
TICKETS: $75 (75 percent tax deductible)
CONTACT: YWCA, 304-340-3557 or www.ywcacharleston.org
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Eight years ago, U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary E. Stanley, perhaps channeling her former boss and her mother, slapped an interesting sentence on one of a long line of corrupt Southern West Virginia officials.
She made former Logan Police Chief Alvin "Chipper" Porter give eighth graders monthly lectures on political corruption following his conviction in a county vote-buying scheme.
Years before, Stanley worked as a federal prosecutor under then-U.S. Attorney and well-known bane of crooked politicians, Robert B. King.
Her mother, Helen Stanley, was a civics teacher.
"Who knows, that may have been part of my mother coming out," Stanley said with a chuckle. "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree."
At the end of the month, Stanley, the first woman to serve as a federal magistrate judge in West Virginia, will hang up her hammer. Her retirement marks the end of a storied legal career that saw dozens of criminal prosecutions and the gradual dissipation of once rampant gender discrimination that embraced the state's legal climate.
"I'm ready to go on to the next phase of my life," said Stanley, who will go on a two-week excursion to Spain when she officially leaves the bench on March 31.
Stanley, a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the University of Virginia School of Law, grew up just outside of Washington, D.C., and moved to West Virginia in the early 1970s.
She struggled to find her first job, and was passed up for a number of legal positions because employers at the time were unwilling to hire women.