Alexander-Ralston, Elreta

Born: in Smithfield, North Carolina
Ethnicity: African American/Black
Professional Facts

Practice Area:
Criminal Law
Criminal Law
Regions and States of Practice:
NC, South
Legal Education:
Columbia Law School, 1945
Other Education:
North Carolina Agricultural & Technical College
Positions During Her Career:
Criminal defense lawyer in North Carolina (1945-?)
District Court Judge for Guilford County (1968-1981)
Formed Alexander-Ralston, Speckhard & Speckhard (1981-?)
African American woman to graduate from Columbia Law School (1945)
Female African American lawyer in North Carolina (1945)

Further Research Materials

Strangers to Us All: Lawyers and Poetry: Elreta Melton Alexander
James R. Elkins, Strangers to Us All: Lawyers and Poetry, September 2, 2001-September, 2006, available at:
22 Portraits of Women at Columbia Law School
22 Portraits of Women at Columbia Law School, The Honorable Elreta M. Alexander-Ralston '45, Columbia Law School, available at:
Jessie Carney Smith (Editor), Notable Black American Women. Detroit : Gale Research (1992)

Potential Paper Topics:
Created "judgment day," in which first-time youthful offenders would be called back to her court several weeks after their trial. If the juvenile had stayed out of trouble, the charges against him would be dismissed.