Attorney James E. C. Perry in his Law Office, 1985

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Attorney James E. C. Perry in his Law Office, 1985

Attorney James E. C. Perry in his Law Office, 1985

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jtracy
March 2, 2017

I opened a law office in Sanford, that's where my base was, and I did legal work for Seminole Economic Development Commission. And, you know, clients, I was the only black lawyer in the county at that time, Seminole County. And I received offers, but I wanted to see if I could do it on my own. And after a year I formed a partnership with Noris Woolfork and we had law offices in Orlando on Parramore Street and in Sanford....

Listen as Florida Supreme Court Justice James E. C. Perry describes his Central Florida law practice in this excerpt from an oral history interview with Justice Perry at the Orlando Public Library on December 19, 2016.

LISTEN Part IV (19:16)

Justice James E. C. Perry served as the first African-American judge appointed to the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit. Justice Perry served as Chief Judge of the Circuit Court beginning in July 2003.

In March 2009, Justice James E. C. Perry became the fourth African-American to serve as Florida Supreme Court Justice. Justice Perry retired from the Florida Supreme Court on December 30, 2016.

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