Carter, Eunice Roberta Hunton
1899 - 1970

Details
Alias: Eunice Roberta Hunton
Born: 7/16/1899 in Atlanta, Georgia
Died: 1/25/1970
Ethnicity: African American/Black
Professional Facts

Practice Area:
Criminal Law
Profession:
criminal (prosecutuion) law
Regions and States of Practice:
NY, Northeast
GA, South
Legal Education:
Fordham Law, 1932
Other Education:
Smith College (1921)
Positions During Her Career:
Assitant District Attorney in New York (1935)
Member and then Chief of Thomas Dewey's Special Sessions Bureau Part of "Twenty Against the Underworld," a special prosecution team investigating organized crime in New York City that ultimately resulted in the largest organized crime prosecution in U.S. history (1935-1937)
Author of short stories
Appointed by New York City Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia to serve as Secretary of a bi-racial committee to study conditions in Harlem (1935)
Chief of District Attorney Dewey's Special Sessions Bureau (1937?-1945)
Charter member, chairperson, and trustee of the National Council of Negro Women (1935-?)
Chair of the United Nationís Committee of Laws (1947)
Chair of the NCNW's legal advisors
Parliamentarian for the NCNW (1941)
Chairman of the World Security committee and Findings committee for the regional chapter of the NCNW (1941)
Consultant to the United Nations Economic and Social Council for the International Council of Women and Chair of its Committee of Laws (1947-1955)
Chair of the International Conference of Non-governmental Organizations in Geneva (1955-1962)
Member of the U.S. National Committee for the United Nations Economic and Social Council (1962-?)
Firsts:
African-American woman to receive an L.L.B. degree from Fordham Law School (1932)
African-American woman Assitant District Attorney in New York State (1935)
African-American woman to receive an honorary degree


Further Research Materials

References:
Dawn Bradley Berry, The 50 Most Influential Women in American Law. Los Angeles: Contemporary Books (1996).
Jessie Carney Smith (Editor), Notable Black American Women. Detroit : Gale Research (1992)
Barbara Sicherman and Carol Hurd Green (Editors), Notable American Women: The Modern Period: A Biographical Dictionary. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1980)

Student Papers:
Potential Paper Topics:
An analysis of the conviction of Charles "Lucky" Luciano, the top Mafia leader in New York at the time (note that this topic is already fairly covered by a pre-existing paper).
An analysis of her work as one of the "Twenty Against the Underworld."
An analysis of her work on the committee studying conditions in Harlem.
An analysis of her work as Head of the Special Sessions Bureau.
Research into her work with the UN.