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00:00:01 - Childhood and education

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Partial Transcript: Good afternoon. Today is July 16th, 2014.

Segment Synopsis: Judge Toni Stringer is introduced and discusses her childhood and upbringing. She discusses where she grew up, the schools she attended, and her reasoning behind entering the law field.

Keywords: Birth date; Birth place; Bloomington (Ind.); Catholic schools; College majors; Commonwealth Attorney's Office; Community; Competitive; Courtroom; Defense; Fathers; Grammar and composition; Indiana University; Indianapolis (Ind.); Inspiration; Kentucky State University; Law practice; Law school; Legal name; Louisville (Ky.); Mothers; Motivated; Parents; Public Speaking; Siblings; Theatre arts; Undergraduate degrees; Values; Volunteering

Subjects: African American college students.; African American families; African Americans--Education (Higher); Childhood

00:07:45 - Law school

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Partial Transcript: Tell us a little bit about the environment of your law school.

Segment Synopsis: Judge Stringer discusses her experiences in law school at Indiana University. She discusses the discrimination she faced as an African-American female in 1980.

Keywords: "Cream of the crop"; "Paper Chase"; 1980; Active; Bar review; Black schools; Culture shock; Dean of Students; Demands; Exams; Graduation; Indiana University Law School; Large schools; Minorities; Protest; Radical; Teaching methods

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African American law students; African Americans--Conduct of life.; African Americans--Education (Higher); African Americans--Social conditions.; Discrimination in education.; Race discrimination.

00:13:27 - Law practice

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Partial Transcript: What type of law did you practice when, when you got out of law school?

Segment Synopsis: Judge Stringer talks about beginning to practice law and passing the bar exam. She discusses why she worked in Indiana and Kentucky throughout her first few years of practice.

Keywords: Bar exam; Commonwealth Attorney's Office; Criminal law; Death penalty; Domestic relations; Essays; February, 1988; Gall bladder surgery; Hospitals; Indiana; Indianapolis (Ind.); Interviews; J. Michael Brown; Juveniles; Kentucky; Mothers; Objective tests; Passing the bar; Post-relief relations; Prosecutors; Public Defender's Office; Public defenders; Todd Hollenbach

Subjects: African American law students; African American lawyers; African Americans--Conduct of life.; African Americans--Employment.

00:19:11 - Differences between positions in the law field

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Partial Transcript: What, um, what are some of the differences in those roles between P.D. and, and prosecutor?

Segment Synopsis: Judge Stringer discusses her experiences being a public defender, prosecutor, and (briefly) being judge. She also discusses other career paths she has taken.

Keywords: Advice; Angela Johnson; Careers; Central High School; Clients; Community; Denise Brown; Dismissal; Domestic Violence Unit; Family-related crimes; General trials; Grand Jury; Judges; Liaisons; Mentors; Police training; Prosecutors; Public Defenders; Sexual Assault Training Program; Testifying; University of Arkansas

Subjects: African American judges; African American lawyers; African Americans--Employment.

00:24:22 - Memorable cases as a lawyer

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Partial Transcript: What, um, is the most memorable case you tried as a lawyer?

Segment Synopsis: Judge Stringer discusses her most memorable cases as a lawyer. She goes into detail about the cases and why they stood out to her.

Keywords: Daughters; Domestic violence cases; Driving under the influence (DUI); Fort Knox (Ky.); Guilty; Hospitals; Jurors; Killed; Murder; Pedestrians; Penalty phase; Second jury; Severed leg; Vehicular manslaughter

Subjects: African American lawyers; Practice of law--Kentucky; United States--Trials, litigation, etc.

00:26:30 - Appointment as judge

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Partial Transcript: What year did you come on the bench?

Segment Synopsis: Judge Stringer discusses her appointment to the judge's bench. She discusses who helped her with the campaign and the Primary Election.

Keywords: Bell Awards winners; Bench; District judges; Ernie Jasmine; Free publicity; Governor Paul Patton; Husbands; January, 2000; Judicial campaigns; Political campaigns; Political literature; President Bill Clinton; Primary elections; Re-election; Religion; Self-design

Subjects: African American judges; African American lawyers; Judges--Election; Judges--Selection and appointment--United States.; Politics and government

00:30:44 - Career as a judge

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Partial Transcript: So, what has been one of the most memorable cases that you've presided over as a judge?

Segment Synopsis: Judge Stringer talks about some of her most memorable cases as a judge and discusses her position as a Senior Status Judge.

Keywords: Circuit Bench; District Court; Family Court; Pilot program; Retirement; Senior Status Judge; Senior Status Program; Skull fractures; Substitutes

Subjects: African American judges; African Americans--Social conditions.; United States--Trials, litigation, etc.

00:34:48 - Retirement / African Americans in law

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Partial Transcript: Your retirement from the bench in 2009--

Segment Synopsis: Judge Stringer discusses the lack of African-Americans in the legal professions. She also discusses why she retired and what type of volunteering she does now that she is retired.

Keywords: 2009; Appointees; Barbara Stringer; Bellarmine University; Bench; Caregivers; Classes; Corporate Counsel; Donnie Morris, Sr.; Erica Williams; Exposure; Family Court; Legal profession; Mediation; Minority participation; Mock trials; Reasoning; Recruitment; Retainment; Retention; Sullivan University; Summer Law Institute; University of Louisville; Vacancies; Victimization

Subjects: African American judges; African American lawyers; African Americans--Conduct of life.; African Americans--Employment.; African Americans--Social conditions.; Judges--Retirement

00:42:05 - Advice / mentors

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Partial Transcript: Um, just a couple more questions as we wrap--

Segment Synopsis: Judge Stringer talks about the advice she would give to her younger self. She names some of the people who helped and inspired her. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Berating; Female attorneys; Inspiration; Judge Clayton; Judge Jasmin; Judge Martin; Judge McAnulty; Judge Show; Passion; Patience; Pitfalls; Political campaigns; Regrets; Unafraid; Younger self

Subjects: African American judges; African American lawyers; African American leadership; African Americans--Conduct of life.