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Daughter of the Empire StateThe Life of Judge Jane Bolin$
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Jacqueline A. McLeod

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036576

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036576.001.0001

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Politics of Practice

Politics of Practice

An African American Woman Judge on the Domestic Relations Court

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(p.43) 4. Politics of Practice
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Daughter of the Empire State
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Jacqueline A. McLeod

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036576.003.0004

This chapter looks at how Jane Bolin's trajectory in the legal profession suddenly diverged when New York City Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia appointed her to the Domestic Relations Court, making her the nation's first African American woman judge. Even though Bolin was uniquely positioned for this appointment, some dismissed her designation as one of La Guardia's political overtures to the city's black residents at a time when many charged his administration with neglect. However, despite several critics, the fact that Bolin was reappointed to three consecutive 10-year terms by mayors William O'Dwyer, John Lindsay, and Robert Wagner speaks to the quality of her judicial performance.

Keywords:   Jane Bolin, African American judge, Domestic Relations Court, Fiorello H. La Guardia, legal profession

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