The Prosecutor Is a Lady: Black Women Take the Helm as Top Federal Lawyers in Four Southern States
Haynes, Karima A., Ebony
VICKI Miles-LaGrange was listening to the debate on the floor of the Oklahoma State Senate in the summer of 1993 when one of her legislative aides handed her a note telling her that U.S. Sen. David Boren, D-Okla., was holding on the telephone in her of fice and that he wanted to speak with her right away.
Miles-LaGrange, a state senator, routinely talked to Boren and other members of the Oklahoma congressional delegation about issues affecting her district. While the call may not have been out of the ordinary, what he had to say was. Without missing a beat, Boren asked Miles-LaGrange, "How would you like to be U.S. attorney?"
In an instant, Miles-LaGrange's academic and professional lives passed before her eyes. She recalled her childhood days in segregated Oklahoma City public schools, her college years at Vassar in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and her foreign studies at the University of Ghana in Legon, Ghana, West Africa. She remembered her challenging law school days at Howard University and her legislative internship on Capitol Hill in the mid-1970s. She also recalled her work as a prosecutor in the Oklahoma County district attorney's office before her upset victory over a 22-year incumbent in her successful bid for a seat …
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Publication information: Article title: The Prosecutor Is a Lady: Black Women Take the Helm as Top Federal Lawyers in Four Southern States. Contributors: Haynes, Karima A. - Author. Magazine title: Ebony. Volume: 49. Issue: 8 Publication date: June 1994. Page number: 44+. © 1999 Johnson Publishing Co. COPYRIGHT 1994 Gale Group.
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