Mrs. Justice Dobbs is Britain’s first ethnic minority judge. Report and pictures in Blink. According to Times Online (registration required, free of charge), she studied law and Russian and speaks fluent Russian. According to blink, she also did a Ph.D. in Soviet criminology and penology (probably this was what got her pupillage with Michael Havers, rather than the LL.M. mentioned in the Times).
bq. There was also some overt racism. She was briefed to represent some National Front skinheads who had thrown a brick through an Asian shopkeepers window. When the clerk (not the present clerk) gave me the case I asked him if it was wise. He said: dont worry just do an Al Jolson in reverse ie, white up. The clerk didnt take it seriously. Predictably, the youths were uncomfortable when they saw her. But she took them head-on. They were talking about a wog box and I made them explain that it was a ghetto blaster. Id put them on notice and taken control and after that the whole dynamic changed. They pleaded guilty and even thanked me. Much of it is down to ignorance, isnt it?
Her mother was from Sierra Leone, and the Times describes her father as ‘British’, which I assume means white, although it needn’t.