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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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The First African-American Woman Lawyer

Charlotte E. Ray was 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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The First African-American Female Judge

Jane Bolin was the first African-American woman to graduate from Yale Law School. On July 22, 1939, she also became the first African-American female judge in the United States. She was sworn in by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia of New York. New … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On July 2, 1908, Thurgood Marshall was born. He was the first African-American to serve on the United States Supreme Court. He left a monumental imprint on the nation’s civil rights history. To learn about this highly regarded jurist, go … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

Lawyer, educator and trailblazing politician Barbara Jordan was born on February 21, 1936.  She was the first African-American woman elected to the Texas Senate.  While serving in the Senate members elected her president pro tempore.  Then in 1972 she became … Continue reading

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Judge George Lewis Ruffin

On this date in 1834 George Lewis Ruffin was born.  He was the first African-American to graduate Harvard Law School and, on November 19, 1883, he became the first African-American to serve as a judge in Massachusetts.  Learn more about … Continue reading

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