Judge receives humanitarian award

Published 7:14 pm Tuesday, August 18, 2020

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Among those honored at the July 2020 Thurgood Marshall Awards Program, Judge Alfreda Talton-Harris was presented the distinguished Sara J. Harper Humanitarian Award by the National Bar Association Judicial Council. This award was presented for consistent and unselfish contribution to the purposes and goals of the Judicial Council.


“I am humbled to receive this award and am committed to provide a path for others through my time, talents and resources,” she said.

Talton-Harris is an honor graduate and American University Washington College of Law, became a Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court judge in 1992 for the 5th Judicial District in Virginia. Prior to that she was an associate in the law firm of Mason & Robinson; an assistant professor at Youngstown State University; and assistant prosecutor for the City of Suffolk; and engaged in the private practice of law in her own law firm.

The judge was past president of the Old Dominion Bar Association; vice chairwoman of the Franklin City School Board; chairwoman of Trustees for First Baptist Church, Franklin; a member of the Board of Visitors of Virginia Military Institute; a local board member for Habitat for Humanities; a member of the Norfolk Chapter of the Girl Friends Inc.; and a member of the Franklin NAACP.

She is a member of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College, where she was recognized as the 2014 NAACS Northeast Region, Alumnae of the Year and was featured in the Spelman Messenger, as one of Spelman College alumnae judges, “Making a World of Difference One Case at a Time.”

Talton-Harris is a member of the Lambda Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., where she chaired the On-Track program for at-risk middle school students; and devotes her service to many other committees and programs in Alpha Kappa Alpha.

She is married to Alvin E. Harris, M.D., the parent of two daughters, Aliste C. Harris-Mack, Esquire, Alexa A. Harris, Ph.D., and a doting grandmother to Alaya Mack.