About Vanessa Gilmore

Judge, Author, Mother are just some of the ways to describe this Renaissance woman. After a first career as a fashion buyer, Vanessa Gilmore decided to undertake a career in law after representing herself and winning a minor civil lawsuit. In 1994 when she was sworn in, she was then the youngest sitting federal judge in the nation.

Her meteoric rise left her little time for a personal life. Unwilling to give up her desire to parent, she adopted her son. Motivated in part by her own experiences and those of other women and families who struggle with work/life integration, she decided to write about adoption in "Saving the Dream".

Gilmore is also the author of "You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Tales From a Judicial Diva", a humorous autobiographical look at her life on and off the bench and "A Boy Named Rocky", a book for the children of incarcerated parents. Judge Gilmore is a frequent speaker and lecturer on issues related to these children and their families

Judge Gilmore is a master storyteller  and is a favorite and sought after speaker for community groups and organizations.  She is the recipient of numerous civic awards for community service and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the Links, Inc., and Jack and Jill of America.  She serves on the boards of Inprint (a literary arts organization that works to inspire readers and writers) and on the Board of Trustees for Hampton University.