First female federal judge in northern district sworn in

Tuesday, December 18th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ The first female federal district judge in the northern district of Oklahoma was sworn in Monday.

Claire V. Eagan was informally sworn in Oct. 25 after being confirmed by the Senate two days earlier. But she was given the oath during a formal ceremony at the U.S. Courthhouse in Tulsa on Monday attended by fellow judges and U.S. Sens. Don Nickles and Jim Inhofe.

Earlier in the day, U.S. District Judge James Payne was administered the oath of office for the eastern district in Muskogee.

A New York native, Eagan came to Oklahoma in 1974 to work as a student law clerk for then-U.S. Chief District Judge Allen E. Barrow.

Eagan later practiced with Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson for 20 years in Tulsa. She became U.S. Magistrate in January 1998.