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The Honorable Shelvin Louise Hall

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Appellate Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Corn (Fried)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Find The Good And Praise It.

Birthplace

Born:
6/15/1948
Birth Location:
Cuero, Texas

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Appellate Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Corn (Fried)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Find The Good And Praise It.

Birthplace

Born:
6/15/1948
Birth Location:
Cuero
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Biography

Judge Shelvin Hall was born in Cuero, Texas, in 1948. Hall attended Proviso East High School and graduated from Hampton University and Boston University School of Law. After law school, Hall received training in civil rights law through the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. She then went into private practice with four other women in Houston, Texas, establishing the first law firm in the nation that was run entirely by African American women. Over a six-year period, Hall gained extensive civil rights litigation experience. In 1982, she returned to Chicago and was admitted to practice law in Illinois. For the next eight years, she acted as general counsel to the Illinois Department of Human Rights, supervising civil rights, administrative, labor and legislative issues.

Hall was appointed to the Circuit Court in 1991, overseeing its Domestic Relations Division for four years. From 1995-1999, Hall presided over the Circuit Court's Law Division, hearing Cook County's largest civil cases. In 1999, Hall was appointed Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court's First District.

Judge Hall is chairperson of the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association. She is former chair of the Illinois Judicial Council, an organization of predominately African American judges in Illinois. She has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Cook County Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the National Bar Association's Judicial Council, the Lutheran Family Mission and the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. She was the first woman judge on the executive committee of the Illinois Judicial Conference, and serves on its education committee. She has held memberships in the Illinois Judges Association, the National Association of Women Judges, the Illinois State Bar Association and other bar groups. She is a member of the Friendship Baptist Church where her father, the Rev. Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall is pastor. Her sister, Justice Priscilla L. Hall, sits on the New York State Supreme Court.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Shelvin Louise Hall's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Shelvin Louise Hall lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Shelvin Louise Hall describes her parents' background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Shelvin Louise Hall talks about her family's educational background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Shelvin Louise Hall contrasts growing up in Cuero, Texas to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Shelvin Louise Hall talks about her schools and churches in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Shelvin Louise Hall talks about growing up with Black Panther Fred Hampton
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Shelvin Louise Hall talks about attending Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Shelvin Louise Hall talks about her interests at Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Shelvin Louise Hall talks about her father's work with Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Shelvin Louise Hall talks about her father's work with Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Shelvin Louise Hall describes attending Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia in the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Shelvin Louise Hall recalls protesting at Hampton University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Shelvin Louise Hall talks about the challenges of law school at Boston University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Shelvin Louise Hall describes helping to create the Black American Law Students Association at Boston University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Shelvin Louise Hall describes her law school professors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Shelvin Louise Hall talks about her training with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Shelvin Louise Hall describes practicing civil rights law in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Shelvin Louise Hall talks about working with Congressman Mickey Leland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Shelvin Louise Hall talks about the personalities of Mickey Leland and Ron Dellums
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Shelvin Louise Hall recalls her decision to leave her position as legislative director for Mickey Leland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Shelvin Louise Hall talks about meeting Fidel Castro in Cuba with Mickey Leland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Shelvin Louise Hall talks working for the Illinois Department of Human Rights in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Shelvin Louise Hall describes her involvement with the National Bar Association
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Shelvin Louise Hall describes being an Illinois Supreme Court Circuit Court Judge
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Shelvin Louise Hall talks about handling court cases as Illinois Supreme Court Circuit Court Judge
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Shelvin Louise Hall recalls the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court in 1991
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Shelvin Louise Hall shares her views on Clarence Thomas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Shelvin Louise Hall describes working in the law division as a Circuit Court judge
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Shelvin Louise Hall talks about becoming a justice with the Illinois Appellate Court in 1999
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Shelvin Louise Hall describes running for Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court's First District
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Shelvin Louise Hall describes her job as Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court's First District
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Shelvin Louise Hall talks about her appellate court cases
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Shelvin Louise Hall describes her hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Shelvin Louise Hall reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Shelvin Louise Hall talks about her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Shelvin Louise Hall describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Shelvin Louise Hall talks about her future plans and recent wedding
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Shelvin Louise Hall narrates her photographs