Henry Ell Frye (1932- )

Henry Ell Frye is the first African American Assistant United States District Attorney, the first African American elected to the North Carolina General Assembly in the twentieth century, and the first African American Chief Justice for the North Carolina Supreme Court. Frye was born on August 1, 1932 in Ellerbe, … Read MoreHenry Ell Frye (1932- )

Michael L. Douglas (1948- )

Justice Michael Douglas is the first African American Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court.  He was first appointed in 2004 and has twice served as Chief Justice of the court. Justice Douglas was born in Los Angeles, California and graduated from California State Long Beach in 1971 and Hastings Law School in 1974.  … Read MoreMichael L. Douglas (1948- )

Roderick L. Ireland (1944- )

Roderick L. Ireland was appointed to serve as Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts in 1997, becoming the court’s first justice of African American descent.  In December 2010, Justice Ireland was appointed to serve as Chief Justice of the court.  Justice Ireland retired from the court … Read MoreRoderick L. Ireland (1944- )

George Howard Jr. (1924-2007)

George Howard, Jr. was the first black justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court and the first black federal judge in Arkansas. As a lawyer, he litigated cases that resulted in the desegregation of Arkansas public schools.  As a federal judge, he presided over the politically-charged Whitewater cases that involved Bill and Hillary … Read MoreGeorge Howard Jr. (1924-2007)