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The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Appellate Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
Lord Be Willing And The Creek Don't Rise.

Birthplace

Born:
7/5/1934
Birth Location:
Birmingham, Alabama

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Appellate Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
Lord Be Willing And The Creek Don't Rise.

Birthplace

Born:
7/5/1934
Birth Location:
Birmingham
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Biography

Distinguished lawyer and judge Theodore R. Newman, Jr. was born on July 5, 1934, in Birmingham, Alabama. His family later moved to Mount Hermon, Massachusetts, where Newman graduated from high school.

After earning a philosophy degree from Brown University in 1955, Newman studied constitutional law and jurisprudence at Harvard Law School. He earned his law degree in 1958 and then began a three-year tour of duty with the U.S. Air Force as a judge advocate stationed in France. Upon his return to civilian life, Newman took a job with the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. He entered private practice in 1962 in Washington, D.C.

In November 1970, Newman became an associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, the court of general trial jurisdiction for the district. He served in that capacity until his appointment in October 1976 as chief judge of the Court of Appeals. Newman joined the Board of Trustees at Brown University in 1979, and the following year, Brown University conferred an honorary doctorate of laws upon him. In 1984, he became an associate judge of the Court of Appeals, and held that position until 1991, when he retired and received status as a senior judge.

Newman has been very active over the years in several legal organizations. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation of the American Bar Association, a past president of the National Center for State Courts, and former chairman of the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association. The National Bar Association bestowed Newman with its highest honor, the C. Francis Stradford Award, for his outstanding service in the struggle for equal justice. In 1988, the board's Judicial Council gave him its highest honor, the William H. Hastie Award.

Newman has also lectured at Harvard Law School and held adjunct professorships at Howard University Law School and the Georgetown Law Center. He has traveled extensively in Africa.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. talks about his parents' names and birthplaces
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. describes his paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. describes the origin of his mother's family name: McAlpine
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. describes his father's occupation as an A.M.E. preacher in Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. talks about the history of Washington Chapel A.M.E. Church
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. describes his mother's education and career, and her affiliation to Selma University in Selma, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. describes his parents' relationship and how they first met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. talks about growing up in Tuskegee, Alabama and the value of education within the community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. describes his parents' influence and growing up as a preacher's son
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. details his experiences with mischief as a child and young adult
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. describes civil rights activity in Tuskegee, Alabama including his father's activism
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. describes playing football as a youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. talks about his childhood personality and grade school years in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. lists memorable personalities of the Tuskegee, Alabama community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. talks about his childhood neighbor, photographer P.H. Pope
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. describes his father's work for the Tuskegee Airmen
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. describes Charles G. Gomillion, a professor at Tuskegee Institute and an active civil rights participant in Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. talks about extra-curricular activities at Tuskegee Institute High School in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. talks about his attempt to create a student government at Tuskegee Institute High School in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. describes his experience of applying to Mount Hermon School for Boys in Gill, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. describes his time at Mount Hermon School for Boys in Gill, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. describes notable teachers at Mount Hermon School for Boys in Gill, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. talks his decision to become a lawyer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. describes his university application process
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. describes his experience at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and how it compares to other Ivy League schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. speaks about his teachers and mentors at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. speaks about choosing to major in philosophy at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. talks about his social life during his time at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. describes his application process for law school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. describes his time at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts including influential professors and classmates
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. recalls his experience in the U.S. Air Force at the Laon-Couvron Air Base in France
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. recalls his experience as judge advocate for the U.S. Air Force at the Laon-Couvron Air Base in France
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. recalls his experiences in Paris, France during World War II
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. describes traveling in Europe during World War II as a judge advocate for the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. describes working for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. speaks about his opinions of key figureheads in the U.S. Department of Justice during the early 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. describes joining the law firm of Houston, Bryant, and Gardner after he left the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. talks about his Republican affiliation and involvement in Republican politics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. describes his activities on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in the early 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. recalls his trying of the United States v. James Arnold
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. describes his appointment by President Gerald R. Ford to the D.C. Court of Appeals in 1976
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. describes his meeting with David Brody of the Anti-Defamation League
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. describes his hopes and concerns for the black community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. describes his hopes and concerns for the black community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. describes what he would do differently, looking back on his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Theodore Newman, Jr. talks about how he would like to be remembered