Famous Black Lawyers & Judges

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 1 Clarence Thomas

Clarence Thomas
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Famous As: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Birthdate: June 23, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montgomery, Georgia, United States

The second African-American justice to serve on the Supreme Court of America, the appointment of Clarence Thomas in 1991 was controversial. He was accused of sexual harassment by lawyer Anita Hill in public hearings, but was eventually cleared. He is on the conservative side of the court and has been criticised by liberals for opposing issues like gay marriage.

 2 Johnnie Cochran

Johnnie Cochran
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: October 2, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
Died: March 29, 2005
Johnnie Cochran was an American civil activist and lawyer. Cochran played an important role in the acquittal of former football player O. J. Simpson in connection with the murder of the latter's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson. Cochran had also represented other celebrities like Michael Jackson, Sean Combs, Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, Riddick Bowe, and Jim Brown to name a few.

 3 Vernon Jordan

Vernon Jordan
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: August 15, 1935
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

 4 Christopher Darden

Christopher Darden
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: April 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Martinez, California, United States

Christopher Darden is a man who dons many hats. He is a lawyer, author, actor, and lecturer with 15 years of experience in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. He was a co-prosecutor in the O. J. Simpson murder case. He resigned after the case and started teaching criminal procedure and trial advocacy to university students.

 5 Sunny Hostin

Sunny Hostin
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Famous As: Lawyer, Journalist, Television Host
Birthdate: October 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Sunny Hostin is an American journalist, lawyer, and television host. She is best known for co-hosting the popular talk show, The View, for which she has received four Daytime Emmy Award nominations so far. Before appearing on TV, Sunny Hostin served as a federal prosecutor; for successfully prosecuting sex offenders, Hostin was honored with a Special Achievement Award.

 6 Barbara Jordan

Barbara Jordan
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: February 21, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Houston
Died: January 17, 1996

 7 Anita Hill

Anita Hill
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Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: July 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Morns, Oklahoma, USA
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 8 Faith Jenkins

Faith Jenkins
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Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: 1977 AD
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana

 9 David Otunga

David Otunga
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: April 7, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Elgin, Illinois, United States

 10 Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox
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Famous As: First Transgender Person To Appear on Cover of 'Time' Magazine
Birthdate: May 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States

 11 Larry Elder

Larry Elder
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Famous As: Radio Host
Birthdate: April 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

 12 Judy Smith

Judy Smith
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Famous As: Crisis manager
Birthdate: October 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

 13 Hank Johnson

Hank Johnson
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 2, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., U.S.

 14 Greg Mathis

Greg Mathis
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: April 5, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

 15 Eboni Williams

Eboni Williams
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Famous As: Attorney & News Personality
Birthdate: September 9, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: North Carolina, United States

 16 Maynard Jackson

Maynard Jackson
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Famous As: Mayor of Atlanta
Birthdate: March 23, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas
Died: June 23, 2003

 17 Lauren Lake

Lauren Lake
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: August 12, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 18 Terri Sewell

Terri Sewell
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 1, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Huntsville, Alabama Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.

 19 Star Jones

Star Jones
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Famous As: Lawyer, Journalist, Television Personality & Fashion Designer
Birthdate: March 24, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Badin, North Carolina, United States

 20 Joe Brown

Joe Brown
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Famous As: Lawyer, Television personality
Birthdate: July 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

 21 Mary Ann Shadd

Mary Ann Shadd
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: October 9, 1823
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Died: June 5, 1893

The first North American Black woman to publish a newspaper, USA-born Mary Ann Shadd was the founder of the Canadian newspaper, The Provincial Freeman. Concurrently serving as its anonymous editor and contributor, she also became one of the first women to pursue journalism in Canada. She was also one of the first Black women to earn a degree in law.

 22 Derrick Bell

Derrick Bell
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: November 6, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 5, 2011

 23 Michael Powell

Michael Powell
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Famous As: Son of former Secretary of State Colin Powell
Birthdate: March 23, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States

 24 Florynce Kennedy

Florynce Kennedy
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Famous As: Former activist for feminism and civil rights
Birthdate: February 11, 1916
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died: December 21, 2000

 25 Sandra Mason

Sandra Mason
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Famous As: 1st President of Barbados, Lawyer, and diplomat
Birthdate: January 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint Philip, Barbados

 26 Jumaane Williams

Jumaane Williams
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Famous As: 5th New York City Public Advocate Incumbent
Birthdate: May 11, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 27 Edward Akufo-Addo

Edward Akufo-Addo
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Famous As: Judge, Lawyer, Politician
Birthdate: June 26, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dodowa
Died: July 17, 1979

 28 Charles W. Chesnutt

Charles W. Chesnutt
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 20, 1858
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: November 17, 1932

 29 Fatou Bensouda

Fatou Bensouda
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Famous As: Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court
Birthdate: January 31, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Banjul, The Gambia

 30 Jonathan Luna

Jonathan Luna
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: October 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mott Haven, New York, United States
Died: December 4, 2003

 31 Dean Barrow

Dean Barrow
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Famous As: 4th Prime Minister of Belize
Birthdate: March 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belize City, Belize

 32 P. J. Patterson

P. J. Patterson
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Famous As: 6th Prime Minister of Jamaica
Birthdate: April 10, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hanover Parish, Jamaica

 33 Errol Barrow

Errol Barrow
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Famous As: 1st Prime Minister of Barbados
Birthdate: January 21, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Lucy, Barbados
Died: June 1, 1987

 34 Femi Gbajabiamila

Femi Gbajabiamila
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Famous As: Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nigeria
Birthdate: June 25, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lagos State, Nigeria

 35 Philip Davis

Philip Davis
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Famous As: 5th Prime Minister of the Bahamas and Lawyer
Birthdate: June 7, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nassau, The Bahamas

 36 Richard Theodore Greener

Richard Theodore Greener
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Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: January 30, 1844
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: May 2, 1922

 37 Louis Stokes

Louis Stokes
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: February 23, 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: August 18, 2015

 38 Najla Mangoush

Najla Mangoush
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Famous As: Lawyer, Politician
Birthdate: April 5, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Benghazi, Libya

 39 Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander

Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander
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Famous As: Solicitor
Birthdate: January 2, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 1, 1989

 40 Jane Bolin

Jane Bolin
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Famous As: American judge
Birthdate: April 11, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Poughkeepsie, New York, United States
Died: January 8, 2007

 41 Eugenia Charles

Eugenia Charles
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 15, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pointe Michel, Dominica
Died: September 6, 2005

 42 Catherine Samba-Panza

Catherine Samba-Panza
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Famous As: President of the Central African Republic 2014 - 2016
Birthdate: June 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: N'Djamena, Chad

 43 Alphonso David

Alphonso David
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Famous As: Former president of the Human Rights Campaign
Birthdate: 1971 AD
Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

 44 Curtis Hill

Curtis Hill
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 21, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Elkhart, Indiana, United States

 45 Jacob Oulanyah

Jacob Oulanyah
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Famous As: Speaker of the 11th Parliament of Uganda
Birthdate: March 23, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gulu, Uganda

 46 Randall Robinson

Randall Robinson
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: July 6, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States

 47 Tony Martin

Tony Martin
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Famous As: Academic, Writer
Birthdate: February 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Died: January 17, 2013

 48 Ted Wells

Ted Wells
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Famous As: Lawyer known for Scooter Libby defense, Deflategate investigation
Birthdate: April 28, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

 49 Gani Fawehinmi

Gani Fawehinmi
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 22, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ondo, Nigeria
Died: September 5, 2009

 50 Susan Kihika

Susan Kihika
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Famous As: Lawyer, Politician
Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: Nakuru, Kenya