In celebration of Black History Month in February and Women’s History Month in March, WMU-Cooley Law School’s Black Law Students Association honored Kent County Circuit Court Judge Christina Elmore on March 1. Celebrating Elmore's achievements for being the first African-American woman elected to the Circuit Court bench in Kent County, faculty and students gathered at Forty Acres Soul Food restaurant in Grand Rapids.
"Grand Rapids was ahead of the curve when it elected John Letts as Kent County's first African American judge in 1967, but we've not had another African American circuit court judge until now, and we've never had a woman,” said WMU-Cooley Professor Christopher Hastings. “Judge Elmore's election to the Kent County Circuit Court is historic, and great news for our community."
Pictured: WMU-Cooley Law School’s Black Law Students Association in Grand Rapids honor Kent County Circuit Court Judge Christina Elmore (front center) during a dinner held in her honor for being the first African American Women elected to the county’s bench. Also pictured (left-right) are Derrick Griffith, Kenyata McGill, Osinachi Onukogu, Lamont Clay, Nana Serweh Ad-Ampomah, Esko Peterson and Michaela Bessant.