Famous Black Lawyers

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Johnnie Cochran
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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.

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Clarence Thomas
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)

Clarence Thomas
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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.

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

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Christopher Darden
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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.

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Sunny Hostin
(Lawyer, Journalist and Co-Host on ABC's Morning Talk Show 'The View')

Sunny Hostin
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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.

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

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Faith Jenkins
(Attorney)

Faith Jenkins
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Birthdate: 1977 AD
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana
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Anita Hill
(American Lawyer Who in 1991 Accused U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Clarence Thomas of Sexual Harassment)

Anita Hill
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Birthdate: July 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lone Tree, Oklahoma, United States

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David Otunga
(Professional wrestler)

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

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Larry Elder
(Radio Host)

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

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Judy Smith
(Crisis manager)

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

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Hank Johnson
(Politician)

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

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Lauren Lake
(Lawyer)

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

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Eboni Williams
(Attorney & News Personality)

Eboni Williams
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Birthdate: September 9, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: North Carolina, United States

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Terri Sewell
(Politician)

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

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Maynard Jackson
(Mayor of Atlanta)

Maynard Jackson
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Birthdate: March 23, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas
Died: June 23, 2003

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Star Jones
(Lawyer, Journalist, Television Personality & Fashion Designer)

Star Jones
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Birthdate: March 24, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Badin, North Carolina, United States

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Joe Brown
(Lawyer, Television personality)

Joe Brown
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Birthdate: July 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

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Jumaane Williams
(5th New York City Public Advocate Incumbent)

Jumaane Williams
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Birthdate: May 11, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

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Mary Ann Shadd
(Activist)

Mary Ann Shadd
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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.

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Derrick Bell
(Lawyer)

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

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Michael Powell
(Son of former Secretary of State Colin Powell)

Michael Powell
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Birthdate: March 23, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States

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Florynce Kennedy
(Former activist for feminism and civil rights)

Florynce Kennedy
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Birthdate: February 11, 1916
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died: December 21, 2000

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Sandra Mason
(1st President of Barbados, Lawyer, and diplomat)

Sandra Mason
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Birthdate: January 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint Philip, Barbados

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Edward Akufo-Addo
(Judge, Lawyer, Politician)

Edward Akufo-Addo
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Birthdate: June 26, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dodowa
Died: July 17, 1979

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Fatou Bensouda
(Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court)

Fatou Bensouda
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Birthdate: January 31, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Banjul, The Gambia

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

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Dean Barrow
(4th Prime Minister of Belize)

Dean Barrow
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Birthdate: March 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belize City, Belize

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

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P. J. Patterson
(6th Prime Minister of Jamaica)

P. J. Patterson
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Birthdate: April 10, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hanover Parish, Jamaica

P. J. Patterson is a Jamaican retired politician known for his service as the Prime Minister of Jamaica from 1992 to 2006, the longest term for any prime minister in the history of Jamaica. Patterson also served as the Minister of Defence from 1992 to 2006 and as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade from 1978 to 1980.

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Errol Barrow
(1st Prime Minister of Barbados)

Errol Barrow
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Birthdate: January 21, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Lucy, Barbados
Died: June 1, 1987

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Femi Gbajabiamila
(Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nigeria)

Femi Gbajabiamila
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Birthdate: June 25, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lagos State, Nigeria

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Philip Davis
(5th Prime Minister of the Bahamas and Lawyer)

Philip Davis
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Birthdate: June 7, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nassau, The Bahamas

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Louis Stokes
(Politician, Lawyer)

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

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Najla Mangoush
(Lawyer, Politician)

Najla Mangoush
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Birthdate: April 5, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Benghazi, Libya

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

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

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Catherine Samba-Panza
(President of the Central African Republic 2014 - 2016)

Catherine Samba-Panza
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Birthdate: June 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: N'Djamena, Chad

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Curtis Hill
(Politician)

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

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Eugenia Charles
(Politician)

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

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Alphonso David
(Former president of the Human Rights Campaign)

Alphonso David
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Birthdate: 1971 AD
Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

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Jacob Oulanyah
(Speaker of the 11th Parliament of Uganda)

Jacob Oulanyah
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Birthdate: March 23, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gulu, Uganda

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

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Ted Wells
(Lawyer known for Scooter Libby defense, Deflategate investigation)

Ted Wells
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Birthdate: April 28, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

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

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Tony Martin
(Academic, Writer)

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

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Susan Kihika
(Lawyer, Politician)

Susan Kihika
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Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: Nakuru, Kenya

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Rebecca Kadaga
(First Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda)

Rebecca Kadaga
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Birthdate: May 24, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kamuli, Uganda

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Tundu Lissu
(Politician, lawyer)

Tundu Lissu
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Birthdate: January 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Singida, Tanzania

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Panduleni Itula
(Politicaian, Lawyer)

Panduleni Itula
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Birthdate: August 2, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Windhoek, Namibia