The Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor has announced their newest board member, Buffalo City Court Judge James A.W. McLeod.
Judge McLeod, the great nephew of educator Mary McLeod Bethune, began his legal career by becoming the second African American attorney in Buffalo history to be hired as an associate attorney with a major law firm. Having worked as a defense attorney involved in major cases, he was selected by Supreme Court Justice Samuel L. Green to become the first African American -outside of New York City -to serve as a Confidential Law Clerk.
Judge McLeod’s community affiliations are numerous.
A proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Judge McLeod is the recipient of the Humboldt Ferry Branch Y.M.C.A. Volunteer of the Year Award, and the prestigious Buffalo Branch N.A.A.C.P. Medgar Evers Award.
He recently accepted an Openness to Change award from Leadership Buffalo.