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The Honorable Denise Page Hood

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Federal District Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Hot Dog
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
Unto Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required.

Birthplace

Born:
2/21/1952
Birth Location:
Columbus, Ohio

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Federal District Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Hot Dog
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
Unto Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required.

Birthplace

Born:
2/21/1952
Birth Location:
Columbus
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Biography

United States District Court Judge Denise Page Hood was born in Columbus, Ohio on February 21, 1952. After attending high school at the Columbus School for Girls, Hood earned her bachelor's degree from Yale College in 1974. She went on to graduate from the Columbia University School of Law in 1977.

In 1982, after working as an assistant corporation counsel for the City of Detroit Law Department for five years, Hood began her career behind the bench. As a judge, she served Detroit's 36th District Court, Recorder's Court and Wayne County Circuit Court. Her reputation in the legal community garnered her a nomination to the United States District Court from President Bill Clinton. On June 16, 1994, Hood was officially appointed to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, becoming the first African American judge to join the Eastern District of Michigan bench in thirteen years. In this role, she has presided over both criminal and civil cases, including the Dow Corning bankruptcy/breast implant case involving the $3.1 billion Settlement Facility-Dow Corning Trust. She is also chair of the Pro Bono Committee of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan.

Over the course of her career, Hood has participated in numerous professional organizations. She has served as chair of the Michigan State Planning Body for legal services, the State Bar Pro Bono Initiatives Committee, and the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation Board. She became the first African American female president of the Detroit Bar Association in 1993 and has also acted as the president of the Association of Black Judges of Michigan. In addition, she has contributed to numerous community organizations, and has served as a board member for the Lula Belle Stewart Center, the Cyprian Center and the Interim House; as vice chair of the Olivet College Board of Trustees and the Harper-Hutzel Hospital Board of Trustees; and chair of the InsideOut Literary Arts Project Board.

Hood’s honors include the Damon J. Keith Community Spirit Award; the Ebeneezer A.M.E. Church Woman of Distinction Award; the Columbus School for Girls' CSG Alumnae Award; the 2005 Michigan Anti-Defamation League’s Women of Achievement Award; the 2008 Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s Award of Excellence; the Michigan Women’s Foundation’s 2008 Women of Achievement and Courage Award; the 2008 “Powerful Woman of Purpose” Award presented by the Rhonda Walker Foundation; the Olivet College 2009 Leadership in Individual & Social Responsibility Award; and the Fair Housing Center of Metro Detroit’s 2013 “Fair Housing Attorney Appreciation Award.”

Denise Page Hood was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 22, 2002.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Denise Page Hood's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Denise Page Hood lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Denise Page Hood describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Denise Page Hood describes the Hilltop neighborhood where her mother grew up in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Denise Page Hood describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Denise Page Hood talks about her paternal grandmother's family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Denise Page Hood talks about her maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Denise Page Hood describes her sister, Teri Lynn Page
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Denise Page Hood describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Denise Page Hood talks about her family life growing up in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Denise Page Hood describes herself while attending Eastgate Elementary School in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Denise Page Hood describes the sights, smells, and sounds of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Denise Page Hood talks about playing the piano during her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Denise Page Hood talks about attending Columbus School for Girls in Ohio from 1966 to 1970
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Denise Page Hood talks about her influential teachers and mentors at Columbus School for Girls
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Denise Page Hood talks about attending Yale University in 1970
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Denise Page Hood describes her experience attending Yale University from 1970 through 1974
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Denis Page Hood talks about her interests and influences at Yale University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Denise Page Hood talks about her decision to attend Columbia Law School in New York in 1974
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Denise Page Hood talks about her experience at Columbia Law School in New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Denise Page Hood talks about getting married to Reverend Nicholas Hood, Sr. and moving to Detroit, Michigan after graduation from Columbia Law School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Denise Page Hood talks about working for the City of Detroit, Michigan Law Department as Assistant Corporation Counsel from 1977 through 1982
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Denise Page Hood talks about her husband, Reverend Nicholas Hood, Sr.'s work as a United Church of Christ minister in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Denise Page Hood talks about leaving the City of Detroit's Corporation Counsel office to run for Wayne County Circuit Court
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Denise Page Hood talks about her experience campaigning for the Wayne County, Michigan Circuit Court and serving as a judge for the 36th District Court, State of Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Denise Page Hood talks about her experience moving to the Recorder's Court, City of Detroit, Michigan from 1989 through 1992
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Denise Page Hood talks about becoming a judge on the Michigan Circuit Court, Wayne County, Michigan in 1993
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Denise Page Hood describes her selection as a Federal District Judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in 1994, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Denise Page Hood describes her selection as a Federal District Judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in 1994, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Denise Page Hood talks about her appointment as a Federal District Judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in 1994
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Denise Page Hood describes serving onthe United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan compared to the 36th District Court, State of Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Denise Page Hood talks about presiding over the Dow Corning Corporation Bankruptcy Proceedings in 1995
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Denise Page Hood reflects her career as a judge
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Denise Page Hood talks about her role in judicial reform
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Denise Page Hood talks about what she wants her legacy to be
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Denise Page Hood describes her role as a minister's wife
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Denise Page Hood talks about balancing her family with her career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Denise Page Hood talks about her involvement with the National Organization of Women and the women's movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Denise Page Hood describes her hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Denise Page Hood reflects on her grandfather, the Reverend Thomas Page
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Denise Page Hood reflects on the importance of documenting the history of the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Denise Page Hood narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Denise Page Hood narrates her photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Denise Page Hood narrates her photographs, pt. 3