“Daughter of prominent civil rights attorney learned early the importance of personal service for the benefit of others


Helen Shores Lee

IN JANUARY 2003, THE HONORABLE HELEN SHORES LEE was appointed Circuit Judge of the Tenth Judicial Court of Alabama, becoming the first African American woman to serve in the civil division of Jefferson County Circuit Court.  Judge Lee’s desire to ensure equal justice for all was shaped by the events she witnessed and experienced growing up in Birmingham, Alabama during the racially charged 1960’s and highlighted in the book “The Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill, the Untold Story of Arthur Shores and His Family’s Civil Rights,” which she co-authored with her sister Barbara Shores.


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