The first African American woman to graduate from the University of Texas School of Law, Gloria Bradford entered law school in 1951 and graduated with her LL.B. in 1954. After graduation, she practiced civil and criminal law with the Houston firm of Dent, Ford, King, and Wickliff. In October 1954, Ms. Bradford became the first African American woman to try a case in a Harris County district court. The Law School’s Bradford Society is named in her honor.
Judge June Berry Darensburg is now the first black woman to serve as a Judicial District Court Chief Judge in the Jefferson parish of New Orleans. She is also the first African American woman to be elected to the district court. Darensburg is the 24th judge of the court and will sit for a two-year term. She will replace Judge John Molaison on the 16-member bench.
Constance Baker Motley (1921-2005) -Wrote the original complaint for Brown v. Board of Education -The first African-American woman to argue a case before the US Supreme Court -The first African-American woman elected to the NY State Senate -The first female Manhattan Borough President -The first female African-American district court judge
Standing Bear~Ponca Native American chief who successfully argued in U.S. District Court in 1879 in Omaha that Native Americans are "persons within the meaning of the law" and have the right of habeas corpus. ~Wiki.
What Happened to the Real von Trapp Family? - The family left Austria for Italy (not Switzerland) in June 1938. That fall, they arrived in New York under six month visitors’ visas and began a concert tour in Pennsylvania. In 1944, several of the von Trapps applied for U.S. citizenship at the U.S. District Court in Burlington, Vermont.
Odell Horton (1929-2006) was the first African American United States federal judge and first US assistant district attorney in Tennessee. He received a B.A. from Morehouse College in 1951 and received an LL.B. from Howard University School of Law in 1956. He was an assistant U.S. Attorney of the Western District of Tennessee from 1962 to 1968. He was a judge on the Shelby County Criminal Court, Tennessee from 1969 to 1970. He was President of Lemoyne-Owen College from 1970 to 1974.
Ponca Tribe.Under Indian Removal, from 1877 to 1880 "Out of 700 Ponca who left the Nebraska reservation, 158 died in Oklahoma within two years." With the aid of prominent attorneys working pro bono, Standing Bear filed a writ of habeas corpus challenging his arrest. The case of Standing Bear v. Crook (1879) was a landmark decision in the US District Court, where the judge ruled that Indians had the same legal rights as other United States citizens. (wikipedia)
Sonia Sotomayor was born June 25, 1954, in the Bronx, New York. Her desire to be a judge was first inspired by the TV show Perry Mason. She graduated from Yale Law School and passed the bar in 1980. She became a U.S. District Court Judge in 1992 and was elevated to the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in 1998. In 2009, she became the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history.