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Civil rights project seeks truth about inmate's death

...father died, people didn't have money to hire lawyers," he said. "And if they did have a lawyer, it had to be a black lawyer who couldn't fully put up a fight because then the judge could put him in jail."Yamane said a state prison official's...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2013-12-18/civil-rights-project-seeks-tr
Elba insisted on authenticity when filming 'Mandela' saga

...depict the man beyond the saint."I was surprised he was such a playboy," Elba added. "But he was one of the first black lawyers in Soweto (South Africa). This was sexy."Bringing sexy to the role was likely the easiest part for Elba ? considered...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/2013-12-07/elba-insisted-authenticity-when-fil
Diversity of state judiciary still issue

...General Assembly to vote on them," Mr. Howard said. The lack of black judges does not stem from a lack of qualified, black lawyers, he said. "(Several) have said to me that they would not subject themselves to such disgrace and to be humiliated...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/02/20/met_58113.shtml
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'A perfect gentleman'

...rights and privileges.At one time he and fellow Howard University alumnus John D. Watkins were Augusta's only black lawyers. It was then, in the turbulent 1960s and early '70s, that Ruffin took some of his bravest stands for his clients...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2010-02-03/perfect-gentleman
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Pioneer on duty

...being sworn in. Ah, but he can. It was not easy for a black lawyer to get ahead in Georgia, but Judge Ruffin, 70, has...and, hopefully, has paved the way so when other black lawyers follow in his footsteps they'll be lauded for their...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2005/01/07/edi_439228.shtml
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Across Georgia

Black lawyer's suit against IRS fails COLUMBUS - A black lawyer's legal attempt to stop the Internal Revenue Service from taxing blacks because he says they have been denied basic rights has failed. A federal judge ruled that William Wright's...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/10/03/met_430237.shtml
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Efforts for black judges get boost

...and appellate levels is in line with the percentage of black lawyers in the state. Chief Justice Toal, the state's first...disagreed Tuesday, saying there are plenty of qualified black lawyers. In South Carolina, the Judicial Merit Selection Committee...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/03/31/met_410593.shtml
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Black caucus wants to change judicial selection process

...Carolina Bar and one from a list from the South Carolina Black Lawyers Association. The remaining commission members would...considering the pool of black attorneys in the state. The black lawyers make up about 6 percent of South Carolina's lawyers...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/02/17/met_404871.shtml
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People in the News

...NBA Hall of Famer Julius Erving having sex with a woman in a hotel room "didn't come out of our camp," Andrea Black, lawyer for Erving's wife, Turquoise, said Wednesday. The tape was delivered to the New York Post while Erving divorces...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/01/29/ent_402655.shtml
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Black judges remain rare

...to losing his license for abandoning a client, Mr. Clark said. Mentors could solve the problem by teaching young black lawyers the ropes, Justice Benham said. Defendants and members of the public also would benefit from seeing more blacks in...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/05/20/met_346170.shtml
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