- Thurgood Marshall was the first African American United States Supreme Court Justice. He fought for civil rights and against segregation, and was the lead attorney in the ground-breaking case of Brown v. Board of Education.
- Charlotte E. Ray was the first African American female lawyer. Ms. Ray set a precedent for other female African Americans to be admitted by the bar to practice law.
- Barack Obama began his political career as an attorney before becoming a politician and the first African American President of the United States.
- Kamala Harris is the first female and African American to serve as United States Vice-President. She began her legal career as a District Attorney right here in Alameda County.
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