Vicki Miles-LaGrange

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Vicki Miles-LaGrange
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Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
Assumed office
November 5, 2018
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
In office
2008–2015
Preceded byRobin J. Cauthron
Succeeded byJoe L. Heaton
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
In office
November 28, 1994 – November 5, 2018
Appointed byBill Clinton
Preceded byLee Roy West
Succeeded byvacant
Personal details
Born (1953-09-30) September 30, 1953 (age 66)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
EducationUniversity of Ghana
Vassar College (B.A.)
Howard University School of Law (J.D.)

Vicki Miles-LaGrange (born September 30, 1953) is a former Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. She was the first African-American woman to be sworn in as United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. She was also the first African-American woman elected to the Oklahoma Senate.

Early life and education[edit]

Born September 30, 1953, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,[1][2] Miles-LaGrange, received a certificate from the University of Ghana in Accra, Ghana, West Africa in 1973, and graduated cum laude from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974. In 1977, she received her Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C., where she was an editor of The Howard Law Journal. As an honors graduate of Howard University School of Law, Washington, D.C., she served as an Editor of The Howard Law Journal while working part-time as a Congressional Intern for U.S. House Speaker Carl Albert. [3]

Career in government[edit]

Miles-LaGrange served as a law clerk to Woodrow Seals of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas from 1977 to 1979. She was a graduate fellow in the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. from 1979 to 1980, and a special assistant to the African Development Group, Washington, D.C. from 1980 to 1981. She was at the same time a lecturer in the Women's Studies Program at the University of Maryland, College Park in 1981. She was a trial attorney of Office of Enforcement Operations, United States Department of Justice from 1982 to 1983. She returned to Oklahoma to serve as an assistant district attorney for Oklahoma County from 1983 to 1986, where she prosecuted sex crimes. She then entered the private practice of law in Oklahoma City from 1986 to 1993, and was during that period an Oklahoma State Senator from 1987 to 1993, making her the first African-American woman elected to the Oklahoma State Senate along with Maxine Horner.[4] She was the United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma from 1993 to 1994.[5]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Miles-LaGrange was nominated by President Bill Clinton on September 22, 1994, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma vacated by Lee Roy West. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 7, 1994, and received her commission on November 28, 1994. She served as Chief Judge from 2008 to 2015. She took inactive senior status on November 5, 2018, meaning that while she remains a Federal Judge, she will no longer hear cases or participate in the business of the court.[5][6]

Notable case[edit]

Miles-LaGrange's preliminary ruling[7] enjoining amendment of the Oklahoma Constitution to prohibit the state's courts from either "considering or using" international law or Islamic Sharia law has attracted considerable attention.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Find Law Profile of Vicki Miles-LaGrange". Find Law. Retrieved 2007-10-12.
  2. ^ "Miles-LaGrange, Vicki - The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture". www.okhistory.org.
  3. ^ "Oral History Interview with Vicki Miles-LaGrange" (PDF). O-State Stories. November 5, 2007. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Vicki Miles-LaGrange". 1 August 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Miles-LaGrange, Vicki - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
  6. ^ "First black federal judge in Oklahoma has heard final case". 29 November 2018.
  7. ^ preliminary ruling<Order, Awad v. Ziriax et al., No. CIV-10-1186 (Nov. 29, 2010, W.D. Okla.), available at http://s3.amazonaws.com/content.newsok.com/documents/n29opinion.pdf
  8. ^ Gavel to Gavel, Vol. 5, Issue 5, http://www.ncsc.org/~/media/Microsites/Files/Gavel%20to%20Gavel/archived%20pdfs/G%20to%20G%205-5.ashx

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Preceded by
Lee Roy West
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
1994–2018
Vacant
Preceded by
Robin J. Cauthron
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
2008–2015
Succeeded by
Joe L. Heaton