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African American Heritage Spotlight: Judge Lydia Griggsby

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Judge Lydia K. Griggsby said it’s the “honor of my career” to sit on the federal bench in Baltimore and serve the community “that raised me and nurtured me as a young girl.” She is the first woman of color to serve as a district judge for the U.S. District Court of Maryland.
In recognition of African American History Month, a new video profile explores Griggsby’s pursuit of a career in law, and the Black women and civil rights leaders who inspired her.
Griggsby hopes her presence on the bench will encourage young people to believe that a career in the law is attainable for them, too.
Prior to her historic appointment to the Maryland federal court in 2021, Griggsby spent seven years as a judge for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
Related Topics: Judicial History

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