"I don't want to be known as the first black. The reputation on the bench I'll be working to earn is that of a competent, prepared, fair, and impartial judge."
Chief United States District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange was nominated by President Bill Clinton, recommended by Senator David Boren, and confirmed by the United States Senate as U.S. Attorney and U.S. District Judge, respectively. A career public servant, she is the first African-American woman elected to the Oklahoma Senate; first woman U.S. Attorney in Oklahoma; and first African-American federal judge in the Tenth Circuit. She served as federal judicial law clerk; federal and state prosecutor for the U.S. Justice Department, prosecuting Nazi war criminals and sex crimes for the Oklahoma County District Attorney; and was a congressional intern for U.S. House Speaker Carl Albert. Chief Justice William Rehnquist appointed her to the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on International Judicial Relations. She continues to volunteer her talents and diplomacy in international judicial systems including Rwanda, China, Brazil, and Sudan.
Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and formerly served as the regional director for the Midwestern Region.
Miles-LaGrange was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.