Hugo Black Jr.

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Hugo Lafayette Black Jr. (April 29, 1922 – July 22, 2013) was an American attorney and legal author.

Hugo Black Jr.
Hugo Lafayette Black Jr.

(1922-04-29)April 29, 1922
DiedJuly 22, 2013 (aged 91)[1][2]
Alma materUniversity of Alabama
Yale Law School
Spouse(s)Bessie Graham Hobson
Children3 including Hugh

Black was born in 1922 in Birmingham, Alabama to future U.S. Senator from Alabama and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Hugo Lafayette Black and Josephine Foster. He was married to Bessie Graham Hobson (1923–2000) and they had three children, Elizabeth, Margaret and Hugo Black III.

After the younger Black graduated from high school, he went to the University of Alabama until he was drafted into the Army and stayed stateside during the World War II era. He then went back to the University of Alabama and in 1946 graduated with an A.B. in English. Then in 1949, he received an LL.B. from Yale University, where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Yale Law Journal and president of Yale Law School Student Association and graduated second in his class. He was admitted to practice law in the states of Alabama and Florida, as well as several Federal District Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.[3]

After graduating from Yale Law, he returned to Birmingham where he began a labor law practice. In 1952, Black considered following in his father's footsteps by entering politics. "I definitely had politics in mind," he wrote in his book about his father. That year, his father told him to come to Washington, D.C. and warned him that if he was elected to Congress he would be under constant political attack at home because the high court would soon have some important decisions dealing with school segregation, according to Justice Black biographer Roger Newman. As a result, the younger Black decided not to run and stayed in Alabama. After the 1954 unanimous landmark U.S. Supreme Court Brown vs. Board of Education decision that desegregated public schools and being the son of the Supreme Court Justice Black, the younger Black received threats from people who said they would burn crosses in his yard, his young son was taunted at school, and by the early 1960s — saying he had had enough — the younger Black moved his young family to what is now Pinecrest Florida.[4]

Black was a founding member of Kelly, Black, Black & Kenny, in Miami, which later became Kelly, Black, Black, Byrne & Beasley. He practiced there for over 30 years, and then continued to practice law at the firm Hugo L. Black Jr., P.A., until his death. Hugo was listed in the Best Lawyers in America for 20 years. He was also a life member of the American Law Institute.[1] He was a Trustee of the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society (1988–2003), and the Eleventh Circuit Court Historical Society (1987–1992).

Books writtenEdit

  • My Father: A Remembrance (New York, Random House: 1975)
  • The Opening Statement (Practising Law Institute, 1984)
  • Florida Evidentiary Foundations (The Michie Company, 1991)


  1. ^ a b "HUGO L. BLACK JR.'s Obituary". The Miami Herald. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Trial lawyer Hugo L. Black Jr., son of famous US Supreme Court justice, is dead at 91". Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-08-19. Retrieved 2013-08-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2013-08-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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