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Hon. Joyce London Alexander Ford

New England School of Law, 1972

1969 Hon Joyce London Alexander Ford

Judge Joyce Alexander. Photograph by Bachrach

Judge Joyce Alexander has proudly carried on the school’s legacy of independence and historic “firsts.” She began her legal career with the Boston Legal Assistance Project, and went onto to serve as assistant vice-chancellor and general counsel of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, and then as an assistant professor at Tufts University. In 1979, Judge Alexander became the first African American woman appointed as a U.S. magistrate judge. With her 2006 marriage to Mayor Johnny Ford, she became the First Lady of Tuskegee, Alabama.

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