Sunday, October 10, 2010
Tanya Walton Pratt Indiana's first black federal judge sworn in.
The U.S. Senate confirmed Pratt on June 15, and President Barack Obama signed her commission. Her formal swearing-in to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana drew judges and politicians Friday to the Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse.
"I still get goose bumps when I think about the fact that the president of the United States of America appointed me to my job," Pratt said.
"I did not attend college or law school at Ivy League institutions," she said. "I am a proud product of historically black colleges and universities."
Pratt earned her bachelor's degree from Spelman College in Atlanta in 1981 and her law degree from Howard University in 1984.