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SOURCE: Associated Press (Ohio.com)
Yvette McGee Brown will be the first black woman to serve on the state’s highest court and the third black justice in Ohio history. She will assume the seat Jan. 1.
The Democratic governor selected McGee Brown, the former lieutenant governor candidate, to fill the vacancy created by the November election of Justice Maureen O’Connor as chief justice.
Strickland said McGee Brown, raised by a teenage mother and her grandmother, would bring an important viewpoint to the Republican-dominated court.
by Jason Riley, Courier Journal
Heeding a call for more diversity on the bench, Gov. Steve Beshear appointed four African Americans to fill judicial vacancies over the last year or so — and Tuesday night, three of those four choices were validated by voters.
But it certainly wasn’t easy for Circuit Court Judge Brian Edwards, in Division 11, who eked by John VanderToll, winning by only about 300 votes.
And District Judge Erica Lee Williams had an even tougher struggle with A. Christine Ward, finishing about 200 votes ahead, and leaving the normally loquacious Williams nearly speechless.
Roderick Ireland, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court chief justice nominee, praises hometown Springfield at introduction
by Dan Ring, The Republican
Gov. Deval L. Patrick on Thursday nominated Springfield native Roderick L. Ireland to be chief justice of the state’s Supreme Judicial Court, setting the stage for him to become the first black to lead the court.
Patrick praised Ireland for being “absolutely committed to the fair administration of justice.” Patrick said Ireland is known for “his wisdom and genuine concern for each and every litigant” involved in court disputes.
Ireland, 65, said that his nomination is a great opportunity for him to continue a career in public service.
“My nomination says that anything is possible, no matter where you come from and what your background is,” Ireland said at a Statehouse press conference. “I’m proud to say I’m from the great city of Springfield, Massachusetts. Springfield is where I learned about hard work and about education.”
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By Michael Martinez, CNN
Kamala Harris is the daughter of a father from Jamaica and a mother from India, and she’s seeking to be the first black woman attorney general of California.
If elected, Harris would be “the first female, the first African-American, the first Asian-American attorney general in California and the first South Asian-American attorney general in the nation,” according to her campaign literature.
After 163 Years, African-American Legal Scholar and Abolitionist George B. Vashon to Be Admitted to Pennsylvania Bar
SOURCE: Press Release
Events on October 19–20 Set Right “Historical Injustice”
PITTSBURGH, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — More than a century and a half after he was first denied admission to the Allegheny County Bar because of the color of his skin, George Boyer Vashon, an African-American legal scholar and abolitionist, will officially be admitted to the state bar by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a ceremony to be held on October 20 at 9 a.m. at the City-County Building in Pittsburgh.
In conjunction with that ceremony, national law firm Duane Morris LLP is hosting a reception on October 19 to recognize the life and career of Vashon, whose great-grandson Nolan N. Atkinson, Jr., serves as the Duane Morris’ Chief Diversity Officer. Judges and members of the Pittsburgh bar will be in attendance. The reception, co-sponsored by the Allegheny County Bar Association, will be held at the Rivers Club in Pittsburgh from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. It will feature notable memorabilia from Vashon’s life—including photographs and letters from the 1800s—that belong to collector and educator Calvin Riley of St. Louis, which was where Vashon’s family resided after his death. The press is invited to both events.
By Grant Schulte, Des Moines Register
An assistant Polk County attorney was chosen this week to become Iowa’s first female African-American judge, officials announced Friday.
Romonda Belcher-Ford, 42, was selected to fill the opening created by the retirement of Polk County District Associate Judge Joe Smith.
Belcher-Ford was nominated by a commission that screened applicants and picked three finalists. Polk County’s district judges voted her into the seat.
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By Julie Bykowicz, Baltimore Sun
Gov. Martin O’Malley appointed Hotten last month to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the state’s second-highest court. She had been a judge for 15 years in Prince George’s County Circuit Court. A graduate of Howard University’s law school, Hotten has also served as counsel to the Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission and as a county prosecutor.
“Many judges and lawyers have written to me to describe Judge Hotten as impeccably prepared, uniformly fair, and a devoted legal scholar with a truly legendary work ethic,” O’Malley said in a statement.
Hotten fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge James P. Salmon.