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Spottswood William Robinson III

Born: Jul 26, 1916

Death: Oct 11, 1998

Birthplace: Richmond

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Spottswood William Robinson III

Date of Birth : Jul 26, 1916
Date of Death : Oct 11, 1998
Birth Place : Richmond

Spottswood William Robinson III was an American educator, civil rights attorney, and federal judge. In the early 1950s, Robinson and his law-partner Oliver Hill litigated several civil rights lawsuits in Virginia. In 1951, Robinson and Hill took up the cause of the African American students at the segregated R.R. Moton High School in Farmville, Virginia who had walked out of their dilapidated school. The subsequent lawsuit, Davis v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, was consolidated with four other cases decided under Brown v. Board of Education by the Supreme Court of the United States in 1954. In his arguments before the Court, Robinson made the first argument on behalf of the plaintiffs. Robinson was appointed by President Johnson in 1966 to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the first African-American so appointed and, later, became the first African American to Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Circuit.


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