Lawyers & Judges

Lawyers are the professionals who practice law as an attorney, counsel or solicitor. They are involved with the practical application of legal theories and knowledge to solve specific problems related to social and political justice. Lawyers provide legal advice to their clients, who can be individuals, businesses, the government, or other organizations. Judges are the appointed magistrates who preside over court proceedings. They may preside alone or as a part of a panel of judges. A judge is supposed to be impartial and issue the ruling after hearing all the witnesses, examining evidences, and by assessing the credibility of the parties involved. Different countries and states have different legal systems, and thus the powers and functions of judges wary widely across jurisdictions. Judges also supervise legal proceedings and uphold the rights of individuals involved in a legal process while ensuring that trials are conducted according to established rules and procedures. To become a judge, one must hold a law degree and should have practiced as a lawyer. The legal profession is a highly demanding one; it requires a high level of analytical skills, critical thinking, and reasoning powers. Read on to learn more about the life and works of famous lawyers & judges from all over the world.

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 1 Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln.
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Famous As: American President.
Birthdate: February 12, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hodgenville, Kentucky, United States
Died: April 15, 1865

A self-educated lawyer, Abraham Lincoln rose from modest background to become one of the greatest presidents of America. The 16th president of the country, who is also known as Honest Abe and the Great Emancipator, played a crucial role in establishing a truly democratic government, abolished slavery, modernised economy and led the country during the American Civil War.

 2 Robert Kardashian

Robert Kardashian.
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Listed In: Lawyers
Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: February 22, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: September 30, 2003

An attorney, Robert Kardashian gained national recognition as O. J. Simpson's defense attorney during Simpson's infamous murder trial in 1995. Even though he was friends with Simpson at the time of the trial, he stopped talking to him later on. He was once married to Kris Kardashian and fathered Kourtney, Kimberly, Khloé, and Rob Kardashian with her.

 3 Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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Listed In: Judges, Lawyers
Famous As: Associate Justice of US Supreme Court
Birthdate: March 15, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 18, 2020

The first Jewish woman to serve on the US Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a jurist who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. An advocate for gender equality and women's rights, she spent the majority of her legal career championing these causes. She remained professionally active until her death in 2020.

 4 Douglas Emhoff

Douglas Emhoff.
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Listed In: Lawyers
Famous As: Lawyer, Husband of Kamala Harris
Birthdate: 1964 AD
Birthplace: New York
A litigator and strategic advisor, Douglas Emhoff has years of experience behind him and is currently a partner at the prominent DLA Piper Law Firm with specialty in entertainment and intellectual property law. Husband of 2020 US vice presidential candidate, Kamala Harris, he is highly supportive of his wife’s political career.
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 5 Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 22, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Calgary, Canada

Ted Cruz is the US Senator from Texas since 2013. He also made a bid for the presidential office in 2016 when he threw in his hat for the nominee from the Republican party but ended as a runner-up and later on endorsed the Republican party candidate Donald Trump, who was ultimately elected President. 

 6 Amy Coney Barrett

Amy Coney Barrett
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Listed In: Lawyers
Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: January 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

 7 Beau Biden

Beau Biden.
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Famous As: Son of Joe Biden
Birthdate: February 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Died: May 30, 2015

A politician and attorney, Beau Biden was the eldest child of politician Joe Biden. As a little boy, he was severely injured in a car accident in which his mother and sister perished. He overcame several challenges to become a successful attorney. However, fate was cruel to him and he died of brain cancer at the age of 46.

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 8 Hunter Biden

Hunter Biden
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Listed In: Lawyers
Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: February 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States

 9 Brett Kavanaugh

Brett Kavanaugh.
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Listed In: Lawyers
Famous As: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Birthdate: February 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Brett Kavanaugh started serving as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the US after being nominated by Donald Trump in 2018. Interestingly, Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually abusing her in the 1980s. Three other women also claimed that they were sexually assaulted by Brett, with one woman recanting her accusation later. Brett has denied all the accusations.

 10 Amal Clooney

Amal Alamuddin.
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Famous As: Lawyer, Activist
Birthdate: February 3, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

Amal Clooney is a Lebanese-British barrister, specializing in human rights and international law. Her clients include popular and influential personalities like Yulia Tymoshenko, Nadia Murad, and Julian Assange. Her work and philanthropic activities gained media coverage after her wedding to actor George Clooney. The Clooneys are well-known philanthropists and are founders of the Clooney Foundation for Justice.

 11 Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani.
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Famous As: Former Mayor of New York City
Birthdate: May 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: East Flatbush, New York, United States

American politician Rudy Giuliani, who served as the Mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001, received major attention and praise for his handling of crisis in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in his city. He was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year in December 2001 for his efforts. However, there have also been allegations of corruption against him.

 12 Ronan Farrow

Ronan Farrow.
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Famous As: Journalist, Activist, Human Rights Lawyer
Birthdate: December 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City

American journalist Ronan Farrow played a major role in reporting the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein. His work, which was published in The New Yorker, earned the magazine the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He is also responsible for exposing allegations against personalities like jurist Brett Kavanaugh, media executive Les Moonves, and politician Eric Schneiderman.

 13 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.

 14 Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller.
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Listed In: Lawyers
Famous As: Former Director of FBI, Attorney
Birthdate: August 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Republican attorney Robert Mueller served as the sixth and the second-longest-serving FBI director, from 2001 to 2013. He was also the special counsel for the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. His service in the Vietnam War earned him the Purple Heart Medal and the Bronze Star.

 15 Johnnie Cochran

Johnnie Cochran.
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Listed In: Lawyers
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.

 16 James Comey

James Comey.
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Listed In: Lawyers
Famous As: Former Director of the FBI
Birthdate: December 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yonkers, New York, United States
Former U.S. deputy attorney general James Comey was made the FBI director by Barack Obama. However, Donald Trump dismissed Comey in 2017, reportedly due to Trump’s fears regarding the investigations on Russian intervention. Comey has worked with Bridgewater Associates and HSBC Holdings and was a scholar at Columbia Law School

 17 Antonin Scalia

Antonin Scalia.
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Listed In: Judges
Birthdate: March 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Trenton
Died: February 13, 2016

Scalia played an important role as an associate justice of the US Supreme Court for 30 years. Not only was he regarded as one of the most important justices in the history of the court, but he was also considered one of the most influential jurists of the 20th century. He was posthumously honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 18 Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 30, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Orange, California, U.S.

 19 Maya Harris

Maya Harris.
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: January 30, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Statistical Area

A lawyer, law professor, political analyst and a civil rights activist, Maya Harris’s list of achievements is huge. One of the youngest in the US to become a law school dean, Maya Harris has worked with Hillary Clinton and her own sister Kamala Harris in their respective presidential campaigns.

 20 Robert Shapiro

Robert Shapiro
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Listed In: Lawyers
Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: September 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Plainfield, New Jersey, United States

 21 Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions.
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Famous As: Attorney General of the United States
Birthdate: December 24, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Selma, Alabama

Jeff Sessions is an American lawyer and politician. An important member of the Republican Party, Sessions was the 84th US Attorney General, serving under President Donald Trump's administration. Throughout his political career, Jeff Sessions has played important roles, such as co-sponsoring the bill to award the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal to civil rights movement activist Rosa Parks.

 22 Neil Gorsuch

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Listed In: Judges, Lawyers
Famous As: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Birthdate: August 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
The Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch earlier served as the Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and was also in private practice. He is an adherent of originalism in constitutional interpretation and textualism in statutory interpretation. His landmark judgements include upholding the LGBTQ rights and favouring the Yakama Nation.

 23 William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft.
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Famous As: President of the U.S.A
Birthdate: September 15, 1857
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cincinnati
Died: March 8, 1930

The 27th president of the United States, William Howard Taft also served as the tenth Chief Justice of the US; he is the only person in the history of the US to have held both the offices. He had a great impact as chief justice and has been regarded as the greatest US chief justices of all time.

 24 Marcia Clark

Marcia Clark.
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Listed In: Lawyers
Famous As: Lawyer, Author, TV Correspondent
Birthdate: August 31, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Alameda, California

Marcia Clark is best known as the lead prosecutor of the O.J. Simpson murder trial. She has also written several books, including novels from the Rachel Knight series and the Samantha Brinkman series and a non-fiction about the Simpson case. She has also written crime articles for The Daily Beast.

 25 Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr..
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Famous As: Environment Activist & Attorney
Birthdate: January 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

A well-known environmental attorney and an activist, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has tirelessly worked for prosecuting governments and companies responsible for polluting environment and waterbodies like the Long Island Sound and Hudson River. Moreover, he has written books and articles on issues affecting the environment. Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s work have won him prestigious awards and inspired numerous films and documentaries. 

 26 Andrew Yang

Andrew Yang
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 13, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, USA

 27 Thurgood Marshall

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.

 28 Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 25, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Plymouth, Minnesota, United States
Politician and lawyer Amy Klobuchar became the first elected female U.S. senator from Minnesota in 2007. She has earlier served as the Hennepin County attorney. She contested in the Democratic presidential primaries in 2020, before withdrawing to endorse Joe Biden. She has authored two books and has won numerous awards.

 29 Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi.
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Famous As: Leader of Indian Independence Movement
Birthdate: October 2, 1869
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Porbandar, Kathiawar Agency, British Indian Empire
Died: January 30, 1948

An Indian lawyer and anti-colonial nationalist, Mahatma Gandhi was a major figure in India’s fight for independence from British rule. He is renowned for his employment of non-violent resistance and civil disobedience methods. Despite his popularity, he had numerous detractors as well and was assassinated in 1948. He is widely considered the Father of the Nation in India.

 30 Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States

One of the most popular African American politicians of the U.S., Democratic Party member Stacey Abrams is also the founder of the non-profit Fair Fight Action. A voting rights activist and a minority leader, she became the first Black woman to win the gubernatorial nomination of any state in the U.S.

 31 Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton.
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Famous As: Founding Father of the USA, Political Philosopher
Birthdate: January 11, 1755
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nevis, British West Indies
Died: July 12, 1804

Known as America’s one of the most influential Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention and served as the first secretary of the treasury. He also fought in the American Revolutionary War and was considered as a leading votary of the strong central government.

 32 Jeanine Pirro

Jeanine Pirro.
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Listed In: Judges
Famous As: TV Personality
Birthdate: June 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Elmira, New York

Jeanine Pirro is an American TV host and author. Over the years, she has made important contributions to The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, a syndicated morning talk show. As a former prosecutor and New York State judge, Jeanine Pirro played an important role in several cases involving crimes against the elderly and domestic abuse.

 33 Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton.
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Famous As: 42nd President of the United States
Birthdate: August 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hope, Arkansas, U.S.

Bill Cinton was the 42nd president of the United States who served for two terms from 1993 to 2001. He was the third-youngest president in the American history and presided over the longest period of peacetime economic expansion in American history. The second-term of his presidency was rocked by the infamous Monica Lewinsky sex-scandal for which he was impeached and later acquitted.

 34 Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor.
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Listed In: Judges
Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: June 25, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States

Sonia Sotomayor, the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of America, entered the record books when in August 2009 she became the first Hispanic and the fourth woman to be appointed to the court. She’s a strong defendant of the rights of accused and has raised her voice against misdemeanors by the police and the prosecutors, and abuses in prisons.

 35 Alan Dershowitz

Alan Dershowitz.
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Listed In: Lawyers
Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: September 1, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn

One of the most famous American lawyers, Alan Dershowitz is known for handling high profile cases. In 1995, he was part of the Dream Team on the O. J. Simpson murder trial. He has also been part of the defense team for cases involving personalities like Donald Trump. He has written many books about law and politics.

 36 Bob Dole

Bob Dole.
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: July 22, 1923
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Russell

Bob Dole is an American retired politician who remains active in public life. Before commencing his political career, Dole served in the United States Army during World War II. For his service in the army and later as a politician, Bob Dole has been honored with several prestigious awards, such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom and Presidential Citizens Medal.

 37 Thomas Cromwell

Thomas Cromwell.
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Famous As: English statesman
Birthdate: 1485 AD
Birthplace: Putney
Died: July 28, 1540
Thomas Cromwell was the 1st Earl of Essex and the chief minister to King Henry VIII from 1532 to 1540. He supported the English Reformation. He helped Henry leave Catherine of Aragon to marry Anne Boleyn, and later Anne of Cleves. He was eventually beheaded for treason and heresy. 

 38 Joseph R. McCarthy

Joseph R. McCarthy
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 14, 1908
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Grand Chute, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died: May 2, 1957

 39 Matt Gaetz

Matt Gaetz
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: May 7, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hollywood, Florida, United States

 40 Gerald Ford

Gerald Ford.
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Famous As: President of the USA
Birthdate: July 14, 1913
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Died: December 26, 2006

Gerald Ford Jr served as the 38th president of US from August 1974 to January 1977. His 895 day-long stint as the American president is the shortest in US history for any president who did not die in office. In a controversial act, he granted a presidential pardon to his predecessor Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal.

 41 Mario Cuomo

Mario Cuomo
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 15, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Briarwood, New York, United States
Died: January 1, 2015

 42 Michael Avenatti

Michael Avenatti
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Listed In: Lawyers
Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: February 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, USA

 43 Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro.
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Famous As: Political Commentator, Public Speaker
Birthdate: January 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

A strong conservative political commentator, author, media host and lawyer, Ben Shapiro became the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the US at the age of seventeen and at twenty published his first book. The host of a daily political podcast ,The Ben Shapiro Show, he has frequently invited criticism for his views on various issues like same-sex marriage and abortion.

 44 Merrick Garland

Merrick Garland
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Listed In: Judges
Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: November 13, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 45 Maryanne Trump Barry

Maryanne Trump Barry.
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Listed In: Judges, Lawyers
Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: April 5, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Attorney Maryanne Trump Barry, eldest sister of American president Donald Trump, is a former U.S. federal judge. She was an assistant U.S. attorney earlier and has been a judge of the U.S. District of New Jersey. Bill Clinton appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

 46 Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson.
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Famous As: 28th U.S. President
Birthdate: December 28, 1856
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Staunton, Virginia, United States
Died: February 3, 1924

From presidential cabin of Princeton University to presidential office of the White House, Woodrow Wilson ushered a series of progressive reforms that changed the American politics forever. The 28th President of USA, Woodrow Wilson introduced several ground-breaking policies including the Federal Reserve Act. He played a key role in founding the first intergovernmental organisation—the League of Nations—for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

 47 Adam Schiff

Adam Schiff.
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Famous As: U.S. Representative
Birthdate: June 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Framingham, Massachusetts, United States

 48 Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States

 49 Cicero

Cicero.
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Famous As: Philosopher, Political Theorist
Birthdate: January 3, 0106
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Arpinum, Roman Republic, modern Arpino, Lazio, Italy
Died: December 7, 0043
Roman statesman, lawyer, and scholar Cicero was one of the greatest 1st-century BC prose writers and orators. He influenced Latin literature immensely and introduced Greek philosophy to the Romans. He was declared an enemy of the state, following his opposition to Mark Antony after Julius Caesar’s death, and was executed.

 50 Sandra Day O’Connor

Sandra Day O’Connor.
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Listed In: Judges
Famous As: Former Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
Birthdate: March 26, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, United States

Sandra Day O’Connor is a retired attorney who became the first woman to serve as the associate justice of the Supreme Court of the US when she took office in 1981. While serving as the associate justice, O’Connor was considered one of the most powerful women in the world. In 2009, she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

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