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In Memoriam: Legal Giants Who Have Passed On

In Memoriam: Legal Giants Who Have Passed On

JTBF proudly commemorates the lives of African American judges who have recently passed away.  These honorable judges' service on the federal bench represents not only significant personal achievement, but advancement toward equality in the legal profession.  We are constantly reminded that we stand on the shoulders of these legal giants who blazed the trail before us.  Without their faith, courage, and vision, we would not be here today.  Because we are committed to passing on the lessons their lives reveal, please click the names below to view the judge's biography.

The Honorable Constance Baker Motley

September 14, 1921 to September 28, 2005

The Honorable Jack Edward Tanner

January 28, 1919 to January 10, 2006

The Honorable Theodore McMillian

January 28, 1919 to January 18, 2006

The Honorable William B. Bryant 

September 18, 1911 to November 13, 2005

The Honorable Odell Horton

May 13, 1929 to February 22, 2006