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The Honorable Sophia H. Hall

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Circuit Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Pasta
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/10/1943
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Circuit Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Pasta
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/10/1943
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Sophia Hall was born on July 10, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois. After attending a parochial school, she went on to the University of Chicago Laboratory School, a high school program for gifted students. Hall attended the University of Wisconsin, earning her B.A. degree in history in 1964, and then attended Northwestern University School of Law, earning a J.D. degree in 1967.

After completing her law degree, Hall joined the firm of McCoy, Ming & Black in Chicago and remained there until 1976. During that time, she was also an administrative assistant to Stanley Kusper, Jr., former Clerk of Cook County, and was an adviser on election law. Hall joined Mitchell, Hall, Jones & Black in 1976, and she remained with them until her election to the bench in 1980. In 1983, she moved to criminal court, becoming the first woman to serve in that capacity in twenty years. She remained in that capacity for three years. By 1992, Hall was the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Division, and today she is the Presiding Judge of Juvenile Justice and Child Protection and is also assigned to the Chancery Division. Former President Bill Clinton appointed Hall to the Board of the State Justice Institute in 1998, where she continues to serve today.

Hall is active on a wide variety of committees, including the Supreme Court Rules Committee and the Illinois Judicial Ethics Committee. She is active with a number of professional organizations, including the National Association of Women Judges, and is currently the chairperson of the National Conference of State Trial Judges of the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association. Hall is a life member of the NAACP and has served in various capacities at both state and local level. She has been inducted into the Today’s Chicago Woman Hall of Fame, received a Civil Rights Award from the Cook County Bar Association, and appeared in Who’s Who of America 46th Edition. Hall has written numerous articles for various publications, speaks at a wide number of venues each year and has appeared on a number of television and radio broadcasts.

Hall was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 15, 2003.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Sophia Hall interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Sophia Hall's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sophia Hall describes her family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Sophia Hall remembers her parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Sophia Hall discusses family members passing for white
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sophia Hall describes her childhood environs on Chicago's South Side
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sophia Hall discusses issues of identity from her youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sophia Hall describes her early interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sophia Hall discusses her early interest in the law
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sophia Hall recalls social life at the University of Chicago Laboratory School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sophia Hall discusses her college prospects
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sophia Hall recalls her undergraduate years at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sophia Hall talks about her cultural awareness while at college at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Sophia Hall describes her undergraduate studies at University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Sophia Hall discusses her law school experience at Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sophia Hall discusses her early interest in folk music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sophia Hall discusses her law career at McCoy, Ming and Black, late 1960s-early 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sophia Hall reviews her career development
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sophia Hall remembers influential black Chicago judges
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sophia Hall discusses her election as a district court judge
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sophia Hall reflects on her tenure as a criminal court judge
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sophia Hall shares lessons from her judgeship
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sophia Hall reflects on crime and punishment
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sophia Hall discusses race and crime
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sophia Hall emphasizes the role of community in conflict mediation and crime prevention
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sophia Hall describes her involvement in professional organizations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sophia Hall evaluates reality TV judge programs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sophia Hall discusses racial change in the U.S.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Sophia Hall discusses opportunities for racial equality in the U.S.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sophia Hall expresses her hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Sophia Hall considers her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Sophia Hall shares her views on affirmative action
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Sophia Hall reflects on her life's course
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Sophia Hall describes how she would like to be remembered