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Marilyn Mosby, Loretta Lynch, Sunny Hostin: Black Female Leaders in Law

by Mo Barnes for

Rolling Out | May 6, 2015 - The year has started with the rise of Black women who have reached the pinnacle of success in their chosen field, law.

Here are three Black women we can all look up to with pride:

Sunny Hostin

Sunny HostinAsuncion “Sunny” Cummings Hostin, 47, has blazed a considerable trail in law and as a featured journalist for top networks. Born in the Bronx, New York, to a Puerto Rican mother and a Black father, she attended the all-girls Dominican Academy.

Hostin served as a former assistant United States attorney where she specialized in the prosecution of child sex crimes for the District of Columbia. Hostin was so successful in this capacity that she was recognized by the Justice Department with a Special Achievement Award for her prosecution of sex offenders.

After leaving the Justice Department, Hostin was seen regularly on Fox News Network She appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor” as a legal analyst for the show’s “Is it legal?” portion of the program. She left Fox News in 2007 for CNN where she was a featured contributing legal analyst. Hostin has also appeared as a co-anchor on ABC World News Now.

Loretta Lynch

Loretta LynchLoretta Elizabeth Lynch is the first Black woman to head the Justice Department. Lynch, 55, was the former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York. The area covers Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island.

During her tenure as a prosecutor she has taken on the mafia, corrupt political officials, and abusive police officers. Lynch was also responsible for bringing charges against New York mafia captain Vincent Asaro and his Bonanno family crew in a 36-year-old cold case. Asaro was one of the masterminds behind the famous Lufthansa Airlines robbery in 1978. More than $6 million in cash and jewelry were stolen from Kennedy Airport, which was the largest cash robbery of its time and was made famous in the movie Goodfellas.

Lynch has also proven that she has no fear of taking on the NYPD and its “blue code of silence.” She was one of the prosecutorial team members who brought charges against police officers who beat and sexually abused Haitian immigrant Abner Louima. White house press secretary Josh Earnest stated, “Miss Lynch is a strong, independent prosecutor who has twice led one of the most important U.S. Attorney’s offices in the country.”

Lynch was born in North Carolina and received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard University.

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Marilyn Mosby

Marilyn MosbyMarilyn Mosby has barely been in office four months and already she has a case that has received national attention. Mosby is the Baltimore city state’s attorney who will be prosecuting the six officers involved in the death of unarmed Black male Freddie Gray. Gray was injured while in police custody under circumstances that have now been ruled a homicide. Mosby, 35, won election to the office in 2014 after a contentious campaign. This is her first time serving in an elected post.

Previously Mosby was an insurance lawyer for Liberty Mutual Insurance and she also worked for five years as an assistant state’s attorney. Mosby is married to Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby, who represents the West Baltimore area that has been the scene of recent protests over the death of Gray.

For Mosby, law enforcement is not new, both her parents were police officers as well as her late grandfather. Mosby also has been a personal victim of crime as she witnessed the violent death of a family member outside of her home when she was younger. Mosby is a mother of two daughters and a product of an HBCU school, Tuskegee University, where she met her husband. Mosby, the youngest chief prosecutor of a major city in the country, stated in her acceptance speech, “As a Black woman who understands just how much the criminal justice system disproportionately affects communities of color, I will seek justice on your behalf.”

Now that time has come for the young prosecutor as not only Baltimore but America looks to her for justice for Freddie Gray.

Photo Credit: Twitter – @MarilynMosbyEsq

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