Pauline Schneider '65
Pauline Schneider joined the Rowan University Foundation Board of Directors in 2009.
She is currently a bond lawyer in the Washington, D.C. office of Ballard Spahr. Previously a partner and head of the Public Finance Group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, in Washington, D.C., Ms. Schneider has been in private practice since 1985. Before joining Orrick, she was a partner at Hunton & Williams, LLP in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, she spent four years in the Carter White House in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs/Secretary to the Cabinet, and four years in District of Columbia government, where she was the Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations.
Ms. Schneider has received numerous awards for her contributions to the legal profession, including the 1999 Margaret Brent Women of Achievement Award from the American Bar Association Commission on Women.
She was the first African American woman president of the District of Columbia Bar Association (1994-95). In addition, she has served on the Board of Directors for many local and national companies and professional organizations, as well as several education and community groups.
She graduated from Rowan in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in secondary social science. She also has a Master’s of Urban Studies from Howard University (1972) and a J.D. from Yale University Law School (1977). She was recognized as the Rowan University Distinguished Alumnus in 2001.
Her mother, Pauline Boykin, started her Rowan education in the 1930s. She later returned to get her bachelor’s degree in 1963, then earned her master’s in Art Education in 1967 and went on to become an assistant professor in the University’s Department of Art. Upon retiring in 1978, Ms. Boykin received the rank of Professor Emeritus.