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Hon. Dorothy Colom, '78 Honored

Wednesday, February 20, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
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Hon. Dorothy Colom and Wilbur ColomOur congratulations to retired Chancery Court Judge Dorothy Colom, '78 (pictured at right at her recent 40th law school reunion with husband Wil Colom, '76) who was honored along with former Congressman and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy at a Black History Month celebration in West Point, Mississippi.

According to an article by Steve Rogers of the Daily Times Leader:

"In 1994, already a barrier-breaker by becoming an African-American woman lawyer, Colom became the first African-American to serve as Chancery Court Judge for the 14th Chancery Court District. She served 24 years until retiring at the end of last year. She now is a Senior Status Judge.

Colom received her B.A. degree in 1974 from Roanoke College in Salem, Va., majoring in political science. She then pursued her law degree at Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C., and completed her doctorate in 1978.

In 1979, she began her legal career as a staff attorney with North Mississippi Rural Legal Services (NMRLS). In 1980, she and her law partner started the Colom and Colom law firm, where she practiced in various areas of the law for 16 years. Between the years of 1980 and 1994, she held a variety of other positions before being elected to the bench.

In addition to a long list of community and charitable organizations, she’s taught at Mississippi University for Women and since 2011, has taught modern civil rights at Mississippi State University."

 


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