List of first minority male lawyers and judges in Pennsylvania

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This is a list of the first minority male lawyer(s) and judge(s) in Pennsylvania. It includes the year in which the men were admitted to practice law (in parentheses). Also included are other distinctions such as the first minority men in their state to obtain a law degree or become a political figure.

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Firsts in state history

Jonathan Jasper Wright: First African American male lawyer in Pennsylvania (1865) Jonathan Jasper Wright.jpg
Jonathan Jasper Wright: First African American male lawyer in Pennsylvania (1865)
Eduardo C. Robreno: First Cuban American male Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1992) 2012 Judge Eduardo Robreno by Brehon Law Society.jpg
Eduardo C. Robreno: First Cuban American male Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1992)

Lawyers

Judicial Officers

State

Judges
  • Issac Miranda: [1] [2] [3] [4] First Jewish American male to serve as a judge in Pennsylvania (1727)
  • Herbert E. Millen (c. 1910): [13] [14] [15] First African American male judge in Pennsylvania (1947)
  • Theodore O. Spaulding: [16] First African American male to serve as a Judge of the Superior Court in Pennsylvania (1966)
  • Leonard Staisey (c. 1950): [7] [8] First blind male judge in Pennsylvania (1979-1990)
  • Nelson A. Diaz (1972): [11] [12] First Hispanic American male judge in Pennsylvania (1981)
  • William M. Marutani: [17] [18] [19] [15] First Asian American male judge in Pennsylvania (1975)
  • Eduardo C. Robreno (1978): [20] First Cuban American male judge in Pennsylvania
  • Daniel Anders: [21] First openly LGBT male judge in Pennsylvania (2007)
Court of Common Pleas
  • Raymond Pace Alexander (1923): [22] First African American male appointed as a Judge of the Pennsylvania Courts of Common Pleas (1959)
Supreme Court
  • Horace Stern: [23] First Jewish American male appointed as a Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (1936)
  • Robert N. C. Nix Jr. (c. 1954): [24] First African American male appointed as a Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (1972) and serve as its Chief Justice (1984)

Federal

District Court
  • Paul Allen Simmons (1949): [25] First African American male appointed as a Judge of the United States District Court of the Western District of Pennsylvania (1978)
  • A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. (1952): [26] First African American male appointed as a Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1964). He was also the first African American male appointed to a regulatory commission when he became a commissioner for the Federal Trade Commission (1962).
  • Gary L. Lancaster (1974): [27] First African American to serve as Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania (2009)
  • Eduardo C. Robreno (1978): [20] First Cuban American male appointed as a Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1992)
  • Juan Ramon Sanchez (1981): [28] First Latino American male to serve as the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2018)
Appellate Court
  • Luis Felipe Restrepo (1986): [29] First Hispanic American male appointed as a Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (2016)

District Attorney

Political Office

Bar Association

Firsts in local history

Alphabetized by county name

Allegheny County

Beaver County

Blair County

Bucks County

Chester County

Delaware County

Lehigh County

Monroe County

Montgomery County

Philadelphia County

York County

See also

Other topics of interest

References

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