Black Law Student Association Honors Cole


Alumna Janice McKenzie Cole ’79, former district court judge, U.S. attorney and Perquimans County commissioner, was featured in Perquimans Weekly article regarding her being honored by Black Law Students Association at Fordham Law.

On the 100th anniversary of the year the first women were admitted to Fordham Law School, Janice McKenzie Cole was one of those who have been honored for her contributions.

The Black Law Student Association honored 16 living alumnae, four future alumnae and three past alumnae. The ceremony was held Feb. 26.

“We were happy to honor her at our museum entitled ‘Lawyering Beyond the Shadows: Telling Her Stories,’” said Melissa Romain, the president of the Black Law Association at Fordham.

Cole started thinking about law as a child.

“When I was young, I talked a lot and people would always say I should become a lawyer,” Cole said last week. “Then I saw ‘12 Angry Men’ and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and that’s what got me thinking about becoming a trial attorney. It was what I wanted to do.”

She picked Fordham Law School because a fellow police officer was going there and said the program was good and they had an evening program.

Since graduating Fordham in 1979, Cole has tried to remain active with the university.

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