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Attorneys in the District of Columbia were not required to belong to a professional bar association in the 1950s, but the District maintained several voluntary bar associations that lawyers could choose to join. The Bar Association of the District of Columbia became known as the “white bar,” while the Washington Bar Association served as the “black bar.” Washington has a long history of racial separation and in the Jim Crow era, mandatory segregation laws remained in force.


Judge James a Cobb 1930, A native of Arcadia, Louisiana, James Cobb attended Straight University and Fisk University and studied law at Howard University. He was admitted to the bar in 1902 and began working for Howard University in 1917. Cobb was a member of the Washington Bar Association for black lawyers and a special assistant to the attorney general. In 1925 President Coolidge appointed him a municipal court judge; he was the only African American on the municipal bench.

J. Clay Smith, Jr., is Professor of Law and formerly Dean at the Howard University School of Law. He has served as President of the Washington Bar Association, as National President of the Federal Bar Association, and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter U.S. Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, of which he later served as Acting Chairman under President Ronald Reagan. He is the author of Rebels in Law: Voices in History of Black Women Lawyers....


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Attorney General battles Bobby Jones on links at Bar Association outing. Washington, D.C., May 24. One of the highlights of district bar association outing today at the Congressional Country Club was the golf match between teams captained by Attorney General Homer Cummings and Bobby Jones. The Attorney General is pictured flipping a coin to decide privilege of first to tee off. Left to right: Roger Whiteford, Washington Attorney; Bobby Jones, Attorney General Cummings, and John McClure…

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