Two years ago today, Robin Ransom broke the color barrier, becoming Missouri’s first black female Supreme Court judge.

Ransom earned her Juris Doctorate in 1991 from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, and a Bachelor of arts, political science and sociology in 1988 from Douglass College–Rutgers University in New Jersey. 

Her law career includes serving as a staff attorney with the St. Louis County family court, handling juvenile delinquency cases, care and protection cases, and termination of parental rights matters.Her awards and honors include the Women’s Justice Award for Public Service, from Missouri Lawyers Media in 2019, and the Clarence Darrow Award – Public Interest Group, St. Louis University School of Law in 2008. 

Based upon content from the Missouri State Archives, Timeline of Missouri History.  

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