“When Barack Hussein Obama was elected, it seemed impossible,” said Judge Groves, 63. “I think it would probably be someone in their late 40s hoping to have a track record of revealing an issue, educating others, having the courage to say no and being able to do it artistically, so we can begin to redirect to improve the administration of justice.”
Ms. Groves, 32, credits her parents, both lawyers, for teaching her about social justice and sowing the seeds so she can move on in their careers. She attended law school at New York University, where she was one of about 60 Black students.
That experience stands in stark contrast to her mother, who was elected to the 8th District Court of Appeals in Ohio in 2020 after serving as a trial judge at the Cleveland Municipal Court for 18 years. When she attended Case Western Reserve Law School in Cleveland in the late 1970s, she was one of fewer than a dozen Black students, and only a handful of Black women. She didn’t grow up around any lawyers and never imagined she would become a judge.
“I don’t think it’s within my reach,” she said, adding that her husband, whom she met in law school, has supported her throughout her career. While studying law, she was neighbors with Sara J. Harper, a former prosecutor and appellate judge, the first African-American woman to graduate from Case Western’s law school. But if only she knew more black women practicing law, Judge Groves said of her college days.
Younger Ms. Groves said it was important to her that the new justice, as a Democratic appointee, would be free.
“It is important that we have representation, but that alone is not enough to bring about a more just society,” she said. “It is important not only to have a Black woman, but also to have a person who has a track record of enhancing and supporting Black and underserved communities.”
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