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The Honorable Paul Webber

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Superior Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Ocean Pines, Maryland
Favorite Quote:
Always Do The Best You Can

Birthplace

Born:
1/24/1934
Birth Location:
Gadsden, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Superior Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Ocean Pines, Maryland
Favorite Quote:
Always Do The Best You Can

Birthplace

Born:
1/24/1934
Birth Location:
Gadsden
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Biography

Senior judge in the District of Columbia Superior Court, Paul Rainey Webber, III was born on January 24, 1934 in Gadsden, South Carolina to Paul Rainey Webber, Jr. and Clemmie Embley Webber. His parents, both educators, met at South Carolina State University. Webber’s mother is the author of My Treadwell Street Saga and The College Soda Shop – An Education for Life, chronicling the business. Webber attended Felton Elementary School, the South Carolina State College Lab School and graduated from Wilkinson High School in 1951. He earned his B.A. degree in political science in 1955 from South Carolina State College and his J.D. degree from South Carolina State College’s School of Law in 1957.

Webber practiced law in Columbia, South Carolina for nineteen months and taught at Allen University. He was married in 1958 before leaving for UCLA where he was employed as assistant law librarian in 1959. In 1960, he joined Golden State Mutual Insurance Company as associate legal counsel. Webber was appointed trial attorney for the Antitrust Division of the United States Justice Department in 1964. In 1967, he becomes managing attorney for the Neighborhood Legal Services Program, serving during the 1968 riots. Webber became a partner with Thompson Evans Dolphin and Webber in 1969, which later became Dolphin Branton Stafford and Webber. In Washington, Webber taught at Howard University School of Communications and later at George Washington University School of Law. Webber was appointed Washington, D.C. Superior Court Judge in 1977. In 1985, he was named “Outstanding Trial Judge of the Year” and was rated “One of the Best Trial Justices in the Washington Metropolitan Area” by Washington Magazine in 1996. Webber ascended to Senior Judge of the D.C. Superior Court in 1998 and was inducted into the National Bar Association Hall of Fame that same year.

Webber is a member of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Think Tank, the Council for Court Excellence, and the Guardsmen. He serves as board member and general counsel for the Boule, Sigma Pi Phi and is also the author of Enjoy the Journey, One Lawyer’s Memoir.

Webber is married to Fay DeShields Webber and has three grown children.

Webber was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 6, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Paul Webber describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Paul Webber describes his mother's childhood in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Paul Webber describes his mother's education
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Paul Webber recalls his father's semi-professional baseball career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Paul Webber describes his siblings and how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Paul Webber describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Paul Webber describes his childhood in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - The Honorable Paul Webber describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - The Honorable Paul Webber describes his personality and how he takes after his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - The Honorable Paul Webber describes his early education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - The Honorable Paul Webber recalls the influence of Benjamin Mays
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - The Honorable Paul Webber remembers music from his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Paul Webber describes his early interest in politics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Paul Webber recalls the Civil Rights Movement in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Paul Webber describes his parents' political involvement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Paul Webber recalls his decision to attend South Carolina State College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Paul Webber describes his mentors at South Carolina State College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Paul Webber remembers learning about African American history
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Paul Webber recalls joining Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Paul Webber describes his activities at South Carolina State College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Paul Webber remembers meeting Negro League baseball players
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable Paul Webber remembers South Carolina State College School of Law
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - The Honorable Paul Webber describes his studies at South Carolina State College School of Law
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - The Honorable Paul Webber talks about the Orangeburg massacre
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - The Honorable Paul Webber talks about public school integration
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - The Honorable Paul Webber recalls his early law career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Paul Webber recalls being hired at Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Paul Webber recalls meeting attorney Leo Branton, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Paul Webber describes his work at Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Paul Webber recalls his work at the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Paul Webber recalls managing the Neighborhood Legal Services Program in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Paul Webber describes the casework of the Neighborhood Legal Services Program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Paul Webber talks about the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Paul Webber recalls joining the law firm of Thompson, Evans and Dolphin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Paul Webber remembers Thurgood Marshall, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable Paul Webber remembers Thurgood Marshall, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - The Honorable Paul Webber describes his former law partners
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - The Honorable Paul Webber recalls his appointment to the District of Columbia Superior Court
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - The Honorable Paul Webber describes the highlights of his career as a judge
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Paul Webber describes his judicial philosophy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Paul Webber talks about trying juveniles as adults
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Paul Weber recalls the impact of drugs on crime in the 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Paul Webber talks about media representations of the judicial system
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Paul Webber describes his hopes for the criminal justice system
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Paul Webber describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Paul Webber describes his organizational involvement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Paul Webber reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Paul Webber reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - The Honorable Paul Webber describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - The Honorable Paul Webber narrates his photographs