Helen R Lally, Associate Librarian U.S. Supreme Court


HelenLally Independent Record

HelenLally
Independent Record, 5/6/1937

Helen Rose Lally, born in 1912, in Butte, Montana, was never admitted to practice in Montana, although she hoped to be after she retired from her service as a librarian to the United States Supreme Court.

Quoting from an article in the Independent Record (Helena, Montana) on 10 November 1965:

+++++“A Montana woman who has been closely associated with the justices of the Supreme Court for almost a quarter of a century has been appointed associate librarian of the court.
+++++She is Helen Rose Lally, referred to in a recent book on Justice Felix Frankfurter as librarian, lawyer and researcher for the justices, and one of two persons through whom the clerks of the court had the closest contact with the justices.
+++++Miss Lally won a law degree from Georgetown University while working at the Supreme Court library.
+++++Chief Justice Earl Warren administered the oath of office Monday to the court’s new librarian, H. C. Hallam Jr., and to Miss Lally, an assistant librarian in the court since 1941.
+++++A native of Butte, Mont., Miss Lally taught at Harrison, Mont., High School following graduation from St. Catherine’s College, St. Paul, Minn.
+++++She served as a librarian at Holy Cross College, Worchester, Mass., and at Carroll College, Helena, Mont., before becoming a library assistant for the Justice Department here in 1937.
+++++Miss Lally is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court, the District Court for the District of Columbia, and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
+++++‘When I retire from government service I hope to get admitted to the Montana bar and practice there,’ she told a reporter.”

Ms. Lally went to Washington, D.C., in 1937 to serve as a library assistant for the Department of Justice. She left there to work for the United States Supreme Court, serving as an Assistant Librarian from 1941 to 1965, when she was sworn in as Associate Librarian. She retired in 1967 and returned to Butte. She died at the end of December 1968.


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