Constance Baker Motley


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Motley, Constance Baker

(1921–  ) lawyer, judge; born in New Haven, Conn. While a student at Columbia University (LL.B. 1946), she clerked for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's legal defense and education fund, for which she worked full time (1946–65). While there, she successfully argued nine cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including those of James Meredith and Autherine Lucy. In 1964 she became the first African-American woman to be elected to the New York state senate; she became president of Manhattan Borough (1965–66). In 1966 she became the first black woman federal judge when President Lyndon Johnson appointed her to the U.S. District Court for the southern District of New York. From 1982–86 she served as chief judge, until becoming senior judge in 1986.
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Those lawyers include Arthur Shores (Birmingham), Clifford Durr (Montgomery), Robert Carter (New York: NAACP Legal Defense Fund and NAACP), and Constance Baker Motley (New York: NAACP Legal Defense Fund).
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By the time she graduated, Moss landed a clerking position with Constance Baker Motley, a civil rights activist and the first African-American woman to be named a federal judge.
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Students are taken behind the scenes through first-person accounts by historic figures, including Coretta Scott King, James Meredith, Andy Young, Dorothy Height, Bob Moses, and Constance Baker Motley.
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Constance Baker Motley, Equal Justice Under the Law (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998), 163.