List of first minority male lawyers and judges in Pennsylvania Last updated May 20, 2021
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. Firsts in state history 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) Judicial Officers State Judges Issac Miranda:    First Jewish American male to serve as a judge in Pennsylvania (1727)  Herbert E. Millen (c. 1910):   First African American male judge in Pennsylvania (1947)  Theodore O. Spaulding: First African American male to serve as a Judge of the Superior Court in Pennsylvania (1966)  Leonard Staisey (c. 1950):  First blind male judge in Pennsylvania (1979-1990)  Nelson A. Diaz (1972):  First Hispanic American male judge in Pennsylvania (1981)  William M. Marutani:    First Asian American male judge in Pennsylvania (1975)  Eduardo C. Robreno (1978): First Cuban American male judge in Pennsylvania  Daniel Anders: First openly L  GBT male judge in Pennsylvania (2007) Court of Common Pleas Raymond Pace Alexander (1923): First African American male appointed as a Judge of the Pennsylvania Courts of Common Pleas (1959)  Supreme Court Horace Stern: First Jewish American male appointed as a Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (1936)  Robert N. C. Nix Jr. (c. 1954): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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): First Hispanic American male appointed as a Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (2016)  Political Office Daniel Anders: First openly L  GBT male (a lawyer) to run for public office and win a judicial seat in Pennsylvania (2007) Brian Sims (2004): First openly L  GBT male (a lawyer) elected as a state legislator in Pennsylvania (2012) Bar Association Gilbert "Ott" Nurick: First Jewish male to serve as the President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (1967)  Michael H. Reed: First African American male (and person of color) to serve as the President of the  Pennsylvania Bar Association (2004-2005) Firsts in local history Alphabetized by county name Lehigh County Alfred Hemmons: First African American male lawyer admitted to the Lehigh County Bar Association (1975) Monroe County Maxwell H. Cohen: First Jewish male lawyer admitted to the Monroe County Bar Association in Pennsylvania. He was also the first lawyer to hire an African American law clerk and a female law clerk.  Montgomery County Horace A. Davenport: First African American male judge in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (1975)  Daniel J. Clifford:  First openly L  GBT male judge in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (2016) References 1 2 Peters, Madison Clinton (1915). . Trow Press. p. The Jews who Stood by Washington: An Unwritten Chapter in American History 22. 1 2 Kurtz, Seymour (1985). . McGraw-Hill. Jewish America ISBN . 9780070356559 1 2 . Macmillan. 1971. Encyclopaedia Judaica 1 2 Sloan, Irving J. (1978). . Oceana Publications. The Jews in America, 1621-1977: A Chronology & Fact Book ISBN . 9780379005301 ↑ Smith, Jr., J. Clay (1999-01-01). . University of Pennsylvania Press. Emancipation: The Making of the Black Lawyer, 1844-1944 ISBN . 0812216857 ↑ Wright would later practice in South Carolina and become the first African American male appointed as a Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court (1870). 1 2 3 Representatives, Pennsylvania General Assembly House of (1965). . House of Representatives of Pennsylvania. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Legislative Directory, [House of Representatives ] 1 2 3 . American Foundation for the Blind. 1949. Outlook for the Blind ↑ . Pennsylvania Bar Association. 2003-01-01. The Pennsylvania Lawyer ↑ "Latina in charge of the PBA". AL DÍA News. 2017-07-17 . Retrieved . 2019-01-08 1 2 "Honorable Nelson A. Diaz". Dilworth Paxson LLP. 1 2 Timpane, John. "Nelson Díaz on a lifetime of being 'the first Latino. '" The Inquirer . Retrieved . 2019-01-08 ↑ "History of Firsts & Other Distinctions" (PDF). Lincoln University. ↑ Chenault, Renee (January 1, 1981). "Pennsylvanians on the Bench: Profiles of Black Judges" (PDF). Black Law Journal. 1 2 Haddon, Phoebe A. (Fall 2010). "A Public Calling: Lessons from the Lives of Judge of Color in Pennsylvania". Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review. 20:1. ↑ "Theodore O. Spaulding". The New York Times. 1974-09-12. ISSN 0362-4331 . Retrieved . 2020-02-17 ↑ Yuan, Winston. "Marutani Fellowship". www.apaba-pa.org . Retrieved . 2018-02-15 ↑ Muto, David (2016-11-17). "An Unsung Hero in the Story of Interracial Marriage". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X . Retrieved . 2018-02-15 ↑ "Finding aid for the William M. Marutani Papers". www.oac.cdlib.org . Retrieved . 2018-02-15 1 2 "The Indomitable Emigre: Judge Eduardo C. Robreno - Law360". www.law360.com . Retrieved . 2018-01-29 1 2 "Mazzoni Center Legal Services Honors Two Trailblazing Philadelphia Judges and the Firm of Dechert LLP at 4th Annual Open Bar Event". Mazzoni Center. 2013-03-11 . Retrieved . 2020-11-10 ↑ "R. P. Alexander, 76, Philadelphia Judge". The New York Times. 1974-11-25. ISSN 0362-4331 . Retrieved . 2018-01-29 ↑ "Legends of the Bar". www.philadelphiabar.org . Retrieved . 2019-01-17 ↑ "R. N. C. Nix Jr., 75, Groundbreaking Judge". The New York Times. Associated Press. 2003-08-26. ISSN 0362-4331 . Retrieved . 2018-01-29 ↑ "Obituary: Paul A. Simmons / First black federal judge in area known as trailblazer". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . Retrieved . 2018-01-29 ↑ Jr., Henry Louis Gates. "Who Were the 1st Black Federal Court Judges?". The Root . Retrieved . 2018-01-12 ↑ "Obituary: Gary L. Lancaster / First black chief judge in U.S. court here". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . Retrieved . 2018-01-19 ↑ Eagle, Reading (2018-08-02). "New chief judge named for U.S. District Court". Reading Eagle . Retrieved . 2019-01-29 ↑ "After 14 months, Senate finally approves Phila. judge". Philly.com . Retrieved . 2018-01-19 ↑ "Before Krasner: The Wild and Wooly Saga of Philadelphia District Attorneys | Blog | Independent Lens | PBS". Independent Lens . Retrieved . 2021-05-19 ↑ "Seth Williams becomes D.A., makes Philadelphia history | Philadelphia Inquirer | 01/04/2010". web.archive.org. 2010-01-07 . Retrieved . 2021-05-19 ↑ "Pennsylvania Set To Elect First Openly Gay State Lawmaker". HuffPost. 2012-04-26 . Retrieved . 2020-11-10 ↑ "Gilbert "Ott" Nurick - Legacy Hall | Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg". jewishharrisburg.org . Retrieved . 2019-01-07 ↑ "Michael Reed". www.alumni.temple.edu . Retrieved . 2019-01-04 ↑ "African-American Judges of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas". Duquesne University School of Law. 2014-10-31 . Retrieved . 2018-02-16 ↑ firstname.lastname@example.org, Christina Sheleheda. "Beaver County's first black judge to be honored at NAACP banquet". The Times . Retrieved . 2018-01-13 ↑ "Altoona Tribune". Altoona, Pennsylvania. June 25, 1928. p. 12 . Retrieved 2018-02-16 – via Newspapers.com. ↑ "A HISTORY OF BLAIR COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA". 1931. ↑ FM, Player. "Judge Clyde Waite: Bucks County's First African American Judge What's Your Legacy? podcast". player.fm . Retrieved . 2020-03-13 ↑ Times, MICHAEL P. RELLAHAN, Special to the. "Ex-Chesco judge now top fed judge for Eastern Pa". The Delaware County Daily Times . Retrieved . 2020-03-05 ↑ "Chester County Judge Sanchez joins the federal bench in Pa". The Philadelphia Inquirer. July 10, 2004 . Retrieved . 2020-03-06 ↑ "Editorial: Justice for Alexander McClay Williams" . Retrieved . 2017-09-24 ↑ "Noteworthy Pocono deaths in 2012". poconorecord.com . Retrieved . 2018-12-11 ↑ Gibbons, Margaret. "Montco welcomes new judge to bench". The Intelligencer . Retrieved . 2019-01-17 ↑ Fotikfoti, Kaitlyn. "Montgomery County swears in first openly gay judge". Montgomery News . Retrieved . 2018-11-16 ↑ Gibbons, Margaret. "Ferman gets most votes for judge's robe in Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas race". The Intelligencer . Retrieved . 2018-11-16 ↑ "Quilt show to honor famous Western New Yorker". The Daily News . Retrieved . 2018-12-17 ↑ Societies, Pennsylvania Federation of Historical (1917). . Harrisburg Publishing Company. Acts and Proceedings ... Annual Meeting ↑ Jr, Robert Mcg Thomas (1997-06-05). "Bernard G. Segal Dies at 89; Lawyer for Rich and Poor". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331 . Retrieved . 2018-12-11 ↑ "Book celebrates York County's historic legal luminaries". The York Daily Record . Retrieved . 2020-03-14
This page is based on this
Text is available under the
CC BY-SA 4.0
license; additional terms may apply.
Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.