A native of Arcadia, Louisiana, James Cobb attended Straight University and Fisk University and studied law at Howard University. He was admitted to the bar in 1902 and began working for Howard University in 1917. Cobb was a member of the Washington Bar Association for black lawyers and a special assistant to the attorney general. In 1925 President Coolidge appointed him a municipal court judge; he was the only African American on the municipal bench.

A native of Arcadia, Louisiana, James Cobb attended Straight University and Fisk University and studied law at Howard University. He was admitted to the bar in 1902 and began working for Howard University in 1917. Cobb was a member of the Washington Bar Association for black lawyers and a special assistant to the attorney general. In 1925 President Coolidge appointed him a municipal court judge; he was the only African American on the municipal bench.

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Photos from The Washington Bar Association - Professionally Photographed by Darryle's Images © 2013

Photos from The Washington Bar Association - Professionally Photographed by Darryle's Images © 2013

D.C. Traces Roots of Attorney General Position in Panel Discussion - D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine joined the Washington Bar Association in closing out Black History Month with a panel discussing ...

D.C. Traces Roots of Attorney General Position in Panel Discussion - D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine joined the Washington Bar Association in closing out Black History Month with a panel discussing ...

Attorneys in the District of Columbia were not required to belong to a professional bar association in the 1950s, but the District maintained several voluntary bar associations that lawyers could choose to join. The Bar Association of the District of Columbia became known as the “white bar,” while the Washington Bar Association served as the “black bar.” Washington has a long history of racial separation and in the Jim Crow era, mandatory segregation laws remained in force.

Attorneys in the District of Columbia were not required to belong to a professional bar association in the 1950s, but the District maintained several voluntary bar associations that lawyers could choose to join. The Bar Association of the District of Columbia became known as the “white bar,” while the Washington Bar Association served as the “black bar.” Washington has a long history of racial separation and in the Jim Crow era, mandatory segregation laws remained in force.

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J. Clay Smith, Jr., is Professor of Law and formerly Dean at the Howard University School of Law. He has served as President of the Washington Bar Association, as National President of the Federal Bar Association, and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter U.S. Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, of which he later served as Acting Chairman under President Ronald Reagan. He is the author of Rebels in Law: Voices in History of Black Women Lawyers....

J. Clay Smith, Jr., is Professor of Law and formerly Dean at the Howard University School of Law. He has served as President of the Washington Bar Association, as National President of the Federal Bar Association, and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter U.S. Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, of which he later served as Acting Chairman under President Ronald Reagan. He is the author of Rebels in Law: Voices in History of Black Women Lawyers....

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I'm very excited to tune in to the Energy Bar Association's webinar on leading transactional issues under section 203 of the Federal Power Act.

I'm very excited to tune in to the Energy Bar Association's webinar on leading transactional issues under section 203 of the Federal Power Act.

In 2012, Hank’s Oyster Bar was nominated again by Restaurant Association of Washington for “Best Casual Restaurant”. Description from hanksoysterbar.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

In 2012, Hank’s Oyster Bar was nominated again by Restaurant Association of Washington for “Best Casual Restaurant”. Description from hanksoysterbar.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

Justice William O. Douglas, September 10, 1976, letter to the Washington State Bar Association.  He wrote a number of fascinating opinions.

Justice William O. Douglas, September 10, 1976, letter to the Washington State Bar Association. He wrote a number of fascinating opinions.

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