African American History Month
African American History Month is celebrated in February. The federal courts honor distinguished individuals who serve our country providing justice and inspiring others. Watch U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Jeffery P. Hopkins tell his story about becoming a federal judge.
Ordinary People Who Overcame Extraordinary Obstacles
At an early age, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Jeffery P. Hopkins took risks and got out of his comfort zone to ask for the help of supportive adults. He reminds young people that many adults want to be part of their success story, too. The Judge encourages anyone with goals to show an interest, work hard, and seek the guidance of others.
Judge Hopkins' story is part of Pathways to the Bench, an ongoing, inspirational series of profiles of federal judges of all demographics and backgrounds who have overcome obstacles to serve on the bench.
For teens and children, find Brown v. Board of Education: A lesson plan, biography of Justice Thurgood Marshall, and a re-enactment of Brown v. Board of Education. Resources and program materials are on the Legal Landmarks page.