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Constance Baker Motley

Biography of Constance Baker Motley

Biographic Details

  • Family Name (Surname): Motley
  • First Name: Constance
  • Middle Name: Baker
  • Date of Birth: September , 14 , 1921
  • Place of Birth (POB): New Haven , Connecticut (US-CT, CT, 09, Conn., Ct.)
  • Date of Death: September , 28 , 2005
  • Place of Death (POD): New York , New York (US-NY, NY, 36, N.Y., N. York)
  • Gender Identity: Female
  • Race or Ethnicity: African American

Constance Baker Motley Court Service Information

  • Court Name: United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • Court Type: United States District Court
  • Appointment under the Presidency of: Lyndon B. Johnson ( Democratic )
  • Judge Nomination vote date (as recorded in the Senate Executive Journal): 01/26/1966
  • American Bar Association (ABA) Ratings of judicial nominees (majority rating): Qualified
  • Seat vacated by: Dawson , Archie O.
  • Referral of Nominations to Judiciary Committee Date: 01/26/1966
  • Committee action: Reported With Recommendation
  • Committee action date: 08/24/1966
  • Senate voice vote?: Yes
  • Senate vote Date (Confirmation Date): 08/30/1966
  • Commission Date: 08/30/1966
  • Date of Service as Chief Judge (begin): 1982
  • Termination of Service as Chief Judge (Date): 1986
  • Retirement from Active Service: 09/30/1986
  • Date of Termination: 09/28/2005
  • Termination of function of Judge (specific reason): Death

Constance Baker Motley in the Law School

  • Name of School: New York University
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • Law Degree Year: 1943

Second Law School Attendance

  • Law Degree (Name of School): Columbia Law School
  • Degree: Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)
  • Law Degree Year: 1946

Constance Baker Motley Career Path


  • Attorney, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, 1945-1965
  • Member, New York State Advisory Council on Employment and Unemployment Insurance, 1958-1964
  • State senator, New York, 1964-1965
  • Borough president, Manhattan, New York, 1965-1966


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