Miles-LaGrange 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.
"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."
- Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange
Chief U.S District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange was nominated by President Clinton, recommended by Senator Boren and, confirmed by U.S. 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.
Miles-LaGrange graduated from Vassar College, cum laude, and Howard University Law School, served as an editor of The Howard Law Journal and received certificate from Ghana University, West Africa.
Served as a federal judicial law clerk; federal and state prosecutor for U.S. Justice Department, prosecuting Nazi war criminals, and sex crimes for Oklahoma County District Attorney; congressional intern for U.S. House Speaker Carl Albert. Chief Justice 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. The Oklahoma and Federal Bar Associations and The Journal Record recognized her post genocide work in Rwanda. She enjoys hosting judicial exchanges for the State Department and Library of Congress’ Open World Program.