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The Honorable Gregory Sleet

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Federal District Court Judge
United States Attorney

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Red Snapper
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/8/1951
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Federal District Court Judge
United States Attorney

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Red Snapper
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/8/1951
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Judge Gregory M. Sleet was born on March 8, 1951 in New York, New York. He is the son of Moneta Sleet Jr., the first African American journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize. Sleet obtained his B.A. degree from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. He completed his J.D. degree from Rutgers University School of Law at Camden, New Jersey where he was an Earl Warren Scholar. Sleet began his career as an assistant public defender for the Defender Association of Philadelphia. He later left the Defender Association to join a private practice, later to serve as the Deputy Attorney General for the State of Delaware.

In 1992, Sleet worked as General Counsel for Hercules, Inc., a chemical and munitions company based in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1994, at the recommendation of Delaware United States Senator Joe Biden, Sleet was selected by President Bill Clinton to serve as the United States Attorney for the District of Delaware. A year later, he was appointed by United States Attorney General Janet Reno to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. He was further honored by being named the Vice Chairman of the committees’ 1995-96 session. On January 27, 1998, Sleet was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and was sworn in as judge of that court on September 28, 1998. In 2007, Sleet became Chief Judge. He is responsible for representing the Delaware district at judicial policy-making bodies in the 3rd United States Circuit Court of Appeals, overseeing the general business and operation of the Delaware court. He is the first African American to be appointed United States Attorney in Delaware and the first to be appointed to the federal bench in Delaware.

Sleet is the recipient of the 1994 Distinguished Service Award from the NAACP. He has been named one of “Fifty of the Finest” graduates in the first fifty years of Rutgers University – Camden Division. In 1998, Delaware Today magazine selected him as Delawarean of the year. Sleet currently holds an adjunct teaching position at Widener University School of Law, where he teaches a course in patent litigation. Sleet is also a member of the Third Circuit Committee on Criminal Pattern Jury Instructions, the Third Circuit Judicial Council Automation & Technology Committee, the Third Circuit Judicial Council Facilities and Security Committee and Member of the Third Circuit Judicial Council Case Management Committee.

Judge Gregory Sleet was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 24, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet recalls visiting his maternal family in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet remembers his mother's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet talks about his paternal grandfather's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet recalls his father's memorial celebration in Owensboro, Kentucky
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet talks about his father's military service in World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet describes his father's graduate education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet talks about his father's work at Our World magazine
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet talks about his father's career at Ebony magazine
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet remembers his father's Pulitzer Prize
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet describes his likeness to his father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet talks about his community in Roosevelt, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet recalls his early educational experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet describes his transition to parochial education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet remembers Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School in Brookville, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet recalls transferring to Lawrence Road Junior High School in Hempstead, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet remembers his early academic record
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet describes his early influences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet talks about his family's emphasis on education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet recalls travelling with his father
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet remembers his father's photographs of the March on Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet describes his father's international travels
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet remembers learning to use a darkroom
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet recalls the television and radio programs of his youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet recalls his aspiration to become a lawyer, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet talks about his early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 14 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet remembers his aspiration to become a lawyer, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 15 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet describes his activities during high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet remembers leading a walk out at Uniondale High School in Uniondale, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet talks about his black political heroes
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet recalls his interest in attending Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet remembers enrolling at the Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet describes his mentors at the Hampton Institute
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet talks about his student activism at the Hampton Institute
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet recalls applying to law school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet remembers his experiences at the Rutgers School of Law in Camden, New Jersey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet describes his mentors at the Rutgers School of Law
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet talks about the protests at the Rutgers School of Law
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet remembers the Watergate hearings
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet talks about the Earl Warren Scholarship
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet recalls his introduction to public defense
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet describes the purpose of the Philadelphia Defenders Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet talks about the duties of the Philadelphia Defenders Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet describes the demographics of his public defense clients
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet recalls his experiences of racial discrimination in the courtroom
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet describes his transition to private law practice
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet recalls his position as corporate counsel at Hercules, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet talks about his appointment as a U.S. Attorney
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet recalls his nomination to the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet remembers the U.S. Congressional confirmation process
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet describes his role on the Attorney General's Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet talks about his role as a federal district judge
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet remembers United States v. John Walter Trala
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet describes his responsibilities as chief judge
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet talks about the NFL sports betting case
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet recalls the case of United States v. Thomas S. Pendleton
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet remembers the execution of Shannon Johnson, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet remembers the execution of Shannon Johnson, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet describes his position on the death penalty
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet talks about his family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - The Honorable Gregory Sleet narrates his photographs