Famous Black Lawyers & Judges

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 1 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: Pin Point, Georgia

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 Thurgood Marshall

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Famous As: Former Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
Birthdate: July 2, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: January 24, 1993

The first African-American member of the US Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall was an associate justice from 1967 to 1991. Earlier as an attorney, he fought for the abolishment of racial segregation in American public schools. He was also a strong proponent of individual rights. A symbol of black icon, there are numerous memorials in America to honour his legacy.

 3 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.

 4 Anita Hill

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Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: July 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Morns, Oklahoma, USA

 5 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.

 6 Paul Robeson

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Famous As: Singer, Actor & Civil Rights Activist
Birthdate: April 9, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey, U.S
Died: January 23, 1976

Singer and actor, Paul Robeson, was as much known for his music and films as he was for his political activism. As a black man who had to endure great difficulties to establish himself, he was actively involved in the Civil Rights Movement and other social justice campaigns. As a performer, he was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance.

 7 Laverne Cox

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States
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 8 Barbara Jordan

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

 9 Hank Johnson

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

 10 Vernon Jordan

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

 11 Greg Mathis

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

 12 Larry Elder

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

 13 Faith Jenkins

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

 14 Judy Smith

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

 15 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

 16 Terri Sewell

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

 17 Lauren Lake

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

 18 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

 19 Ali Hassan Mwinyi

Ali Hassan Mwinyi
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: May 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Unguja

 20 Benjamin Mkapa

Benjamin Mkapa
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: November 12, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ndanda

 21 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

 22 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

 23 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

 24 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

 25 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

 26 Amama Mbabazi

Amama Mbabazi
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: January 16, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kabale District

 27 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

 28 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

 29 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

 30 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

 31 Sam Kutesa

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Famous As: Lawyer, Politician
Birthdate: February 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Uganda

 32 Meaza Ashenafi

Meaza Ashenafi
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: July 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Asosa, Benishangul-Gumuz, Ethiopian Empire

 33 Randall Robinson

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

 34 Charlotte E. Ray

Charlotte E. Ray
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Famous As: American lawyer
Birthdate: January 13, 1850
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: January 4, 1911

 35 Benjamin Hooks

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Famous As: Minister
Birthdate: January 31, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: April 15, 2010

 36 Sophia Akuffo

Sophia Akuffo
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Famous As: Chief Justice of Ghana
Birthdate: December 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Akropong-Akuapem

 37 Mongameli Bobani

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: South African
Died: November 11, 2020

South African politician Mongameli Bobani, known as a hard worker, was also a practicing lawyer. The United Democratic Movement member and former mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay was also a father of five. He died of COVID-19 after putting up a brave fight with the disease for 3 weeks.

 38 A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr.

A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr.
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Famous As: Advocate
Birthdate: February 25, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ewing Township, New Jersey, United States
Died: December 14, 1998

 39 Matthew J. Perry

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Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: August 3, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Died: July 29, 2011

 40 Freddie Blay

Freddie Blay
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: 1951 AD
Birthplace: Nzema East, Ghana

 41 Robert L. Carter

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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: March 11, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Caryville, Florida, United States
Died: January 3, 2012

 42 Amara Essy

Amara Essy
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: December 20, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bouake, Côte d’Ivoire

 43 William L. Patterson

William L. Patterson
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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: August 27, 1891
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Francisco, California
Died: March 5, 1980

 44 Priscilla Schwartz

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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: March 18, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sierra Leone

 45 James Nabrit Jr.

James Nabrit Jr.
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: September 7, 1900
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: December 27, 1997

 46 Patricia Kabbah

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Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: March 17, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gbap, Sierra Leone
Died: May 8, 1998

 47 Samuel Akintola

Samuel Akintola
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 6, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ogbomosho, Nigeria
Died: January 15, 1966

 48 Margaret Bush Wilson

Margaret Bush Wilson
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: January 30, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: August 11, 2009

 49 Mathias E. Mnyampala

Mathias E. Mnyampala
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 18, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tanzania
Died: June 8, 1969

 50 Desmond Luke

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 6, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: February 27, 2021