Just When You Thought Your Vote Did Not Matter…


Micha 6: 8    He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? [1]


Last Saturday, Judge Louis Sands, now a senior judge and former Chief Judge for the Middle District of Georgia and Judge Denise Page Hood, currently the Chief Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan came together for the wedding of Jonathan Grey and Theda Gibbs.  Jonathan is a former law clerk for Judge Sands.  Judge Hood, who is also my wife, officiated over the wedding ceremony.  I gave the prayer.  It really impressed me that Judge Sands would travel from Georgia to Detroit, Michigan for the wedding of his former law clerk.

The way a person becomes a chief judge in the United States District Court system is by statue.  There is a formula which determines who the chief judge will be as the oldest active judge in a district who is under the age of 70.  Judge Sands and Judge Hood were appointed by President Bill Clinton.  Both were appointed by President Clinton over 20 years ago.  There are a handful of African American federal judges who were appointed by President Clinton who are now at the top end of the age category for active judges.  President Clinton had the foresight to appoint several African American Judges.  Because of his decisions over 20 years ago, some of these judges have and are presently serving as Chief Judges around the country.


If you ever wondered if your vote counts, think about not only Denise and Judge Sands, but all of the other African American Chief Judges around the country.  As you contemplate who to vote for this year for president, ask yourself, who will continue this legacy of inclusiveness and diversity on the Federal Court?

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Photos by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Mic 6:8). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.