From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

House, Sandra Jean

(born: 1940  -  died: 2017) 

Sandra Jean House was born in Louisville, KY, the daughter of Joe and Jamesetta McCord House. The family later moved to Cleveland, OH. It was in Ohio where Sandra Jean House was first in opening the door for African Americans. In 1977, she was the first African American woman to graduate from the University of Akron Law School. In 1980, she was appointed the first African American woman to become Chief City Prosecutor. The appointment came from Akron Mayor Roy Ray. In 1990, she became the first African American woman Common Pleas Judge in Summit County, OH. While serving as a juvenile court judge, juvenile cases declined by 14%. She hired more African American magistrates and staff than any previous county judge. Judge Sandra Jean House was a 1961 graduate of Central State College [now Central State University]; and a 1977 graduate of the University of Akron Law School. For more see Obituary for Judge Saundre Jean (House) Robinson; and see Late Judge Robinson blazed new trails for black women in local legal channels; funeral is Saturday" Akron Beacon Journal/, 04/27/2017.

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