Justice Patricia Thompson Lee, the first African American woman on the Nevada Supreme Court, was the partner of her firm when she became the first black woman.
It is an important milestone to which young women should aspire. Justice Lee acknowledges the importance of her appointment and shares that it was both “humbling”, as well “overwhelming.” The fact that there are so many firsts, she adds, is “a little disconcerting.”
“I know this appointment is much bigger than I am,” she told Sonia Baghdady. Advocate Now. “I am thrilled to have had this opportunity. Michael Douglas was our first African American male Supreme Court Justice, and he cracked the door for me. I will do the same thing for my successors. … It’s nothing I take lightly. I hope to do justice to this position.”
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After Justice Lee finished her undergraduate degree and was working at a museum, she got the “final nudge” of confidence to apply to law school — from none other than Rosa Parks herself.
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