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On This Date in Legal History

On November 8, 2014, President Obama nominated Loretta Lynch to replace Attorney General Eric Holder.  Listen to this informative video at https://goo.gl/9TIk8p.  After the Senate confirmed her nomination she became the first African-American woman to head the Department of Justice. To … Continue reading

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Patsy Takemoto Mink

In 1964, Patsy Takemoto Mink became the first woman of color to serve in Congress. She served in the House from 1965-1977, and from 1990 until her death on September 28, 2002. Learn more about this attorney-turned-politician at goo.gl/nxYVQw.

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On This Date in Legal History

On September 26, 1789, the Senate confirmed John Jay as the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He also served as the first Chief Justice of the New York Supreme Court. Learn more about the Justice’s other … Continue reading

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The First African-American Woman Lawyer

In 1872 Charlotte E. Ray became the first African-American woman to graduate Howard University School of Law, be admitted to the Washington, D.C. bar and thereafter practice law.  Read the Congressional Record at https://goo.gl/40zmeP, and learn more about this trailblazer at http://goo.gl/6cTX7B.

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