Weekday Magazine – Eunice Carter – Fordham Law Graduate, Prosecutor, and Inspiration

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Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster, a book about the life of alumna Eunice Carter ’32, was featured in thisistheBronX.info.

A graduate of the class of 1932, Ms Carter attended law school while raising her son and working a full-time position as a supervisor in the Harlem division of the Emergency Unemployment Committee. No easy task even in today’s world of modern conveniences and equal rights.

After receiving her law degree, she became the first African American woman to serve as a New York assistant district attorney, as well as the only woman and person of color on the team. Her team was led by the future New York governor Thomas E. Dewey and what they would accomplish would go down in the annals of law enforcement history for bringing one of the country’s biggest gangsters to justice.

According to Fordham magazine article, Pioneering Prosecutor, written by Ray Legendre, Carter’s grandson, Yale Law School professor and best-selling author Stephen L. Carter, recounts his grandmother’s time at Fordham, her meteoric rise as a prosecutor, and her work on the Charles “Lucky”Luciano case in his new book, Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster, published last October by MacMillan.

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