Walter J. Walsh, Speaking Truth to Power: The Jurisprudence of Julia Cooper Mack, 40 Howard L.J. 291 (1996), https://digitalcommons.law.uw.edu/faculty-articles/818
In 1975, upon her appointment to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Julia Cooper Mack broke the double barrier of race and gender by becoming the first woman of color ever appointed to any American court of last resort. Over the last two decades, Judge Mack has authored hundreds of opinions articulating a powerful critical jurisprudence previously unheard on the highest level of our judiciary. In the pages that follow, several scholars join the Editors of the Howard Law Journal in suggesting that Judge Mack's life and work warrant careful scrutiny. This symposium explores the roots, development, and substance of Judge Mack's distinctive legal philosophy. As advocate and judge, in her fresh and original jurisprudential voice, Judge Mack speaks truth to power.