Birmingham, Alabama , United States
|| April 09, 1943
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|Info||With his appointment on June 30, 1980, Judge Clemon became the first and only African-American to be appointed to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. He was appointed by President Carter. |
U.W. Clemon attended the public schools of Jefferson County, Alabama. He later received his undergraduate degree from Miles College and his law degree from Columbia University.
Clemon began his professional career as a civil rights lawyer specializing in job discrimination and school desegregation cases. From 1968 to 1980, he was a partner in the Birmingham firm of Adams & Clemon.
Notably, in 1974, Clemon became one of the first two African-Americans elected to the Alabama State Senate since Reconstruction. During his first term, Clemon chaired the Rules Committee. In his second term, he was Chair of the Judiciary Committee. He served on the Alabama Senate until his appointment to the federal bench in 1980.
Judge Clemon is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Law and Justice Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the William H. Hastie Award from the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association. Further, in 1986, Judge Clemon was presented with the National Bar Association's highest honor, the C. Francis Stradford Award.