Famous Black Lawyers
Learn more about black history's most esteemed legal professionals, from African-American pioneers such as George Washington Williams and Constance Baker Motley, to legendary Supreme Court justices Clarence Thomas and Thurgood Marshall, to high-profile Harvard grads Barack and Michelle Obama, and many more. Explore our list of famous black lawyers, including full biographies, photo galleries and videos, only on Biography.com.
Featured Famous Black Lawyers
Browse full biographies—and view videos and photos—of some of the most notable black lawyers in history, including Barack and Michelle Obama, Ron Brown, Marian Wright Edelman, Johnnie Cochran and Charlotte E. Ray.
Lawyer, U.S. President, U.S. Representative / 1961 -
Barack Obama is the 44th and current president of the United States, and the first African American to serve as U.S. president. First elected to the presidency in 2008, he won a second term in 2012.
Marian Wright Edelman
Civil Rights Activist, Lawyer, Judge, Supreme Court Justice / 1908 - 1993
Thurgood Marshall was instrumental in ending legal segregation and became the first African-American justice of the Supreme Court.
Charlotte E. Ray
Civil Rights Activist, Women's Rights Activist, Lawyer / 1850 - 1911
Charlotte E. Ray became the first female African-American lawyer in the United States in 1872.
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