“The most lasting connection [President Obama] made at Sidley (& Austin Law Firm)… was to his mentor: a young lawyer named Michelle Robinson... Robinson, one of just 14 African American attorneys among hundreds of lawyers at the firm, was from the South Side... Michelle had graduated cum laude from Princeton in 1985 with a degree in Sociology, and from Harvard Law in 1988. More important for Obama, she was charming and attractive. He asked her out…” ~Bob Neer, Barack Obama For Beginners
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) is the wife of the 44th and current President of the United States, Barack Obama, and the first African-American First Lady of the United States. Raised on the South Side of Chicago, Obama attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School before returning to Chicago to work at the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met Barack. She has become a role model for women and an advocate for poverty awareness, nutrition, and healthy eating.
Macon Allen was the first African American to graduate was the first African American licensed to practice law in the United States, in Maine in 1844. He is also believed to be the first to hold a judicial position.
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
Lasalle D. Leffall, Jr. - The first black president of the American Cancer Society and a graduate of the Howard University College of Medicine. In 1998, Dr. Leffall became chairman of the steering committee of the National Dialogue on Cancer, a committee co-chaired by President and Mrs. G.H.W. Bush. In 2002, President George W. Bush named Dr. Leffall chairman of the President's Cancer Panel, a three-member group that oversees the national cancer program and reports directly to the…