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All rise: Students and judges find connection : Kids given chance to meet jurists who share background

Jan 02, 2019 - Chicago Tribune

Thinking back on what inspired her legal career, Cook County Associate Judge LaGuina Clay-Herron said she can point to a moment in her childhood when her teacher introduced her class to an African-American female attorney.

"She looked like me and sounded like I did," said Clay-Herron, who grew up in Chicago's Chatham neighborhood and attended Chicago Public Schools. "That gave me a totally different perspective."

Clay-Herron, who has been a judge for 12 years, said she keeps that in ...