Each year, the Ole Miss Alumni Association recognizes outstanding alumni of the university by inducting them into the Hall of Fame. Constance Slaughter-Harvey (JD 1970) has been selected as part of this year’s class and will be recognized at Homecoming 2016.
Slaughter-Harvey, former Assistant Secretary of State and General Counsel, is founder and president of Legacy Education and Community Empowerment Foundation, Inc. She was the first African American female to receive a law degree from the University of Mississippi and the first female African American to serve as a judge in Mississippi. The Black Law Student Association at the University of Mississippi School of Law was named in her honor, and she received the Law School’s Public Service Award, becoming the first female and the first African American to be honored. She was an adjunct professor at Tougaloo College for more than 36 years. She serves as the Scott County Bar president and the Scott County Court prosecutor.
Slaughter-Harvey is the recipient of ABA’s Margaret Brent Award and Mississippi Bar’s Susie Buchanan Award, which are the highest honors bestowed on female attorneys; the R. Jess Award, National Legislative Black Caucus Nation Builder Award, and Woman Lawyer of the Year. Slaughter-Harvey is a life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Magnolia Bar Association/Foundation, National Bar Association, American Bar Foundation, Mississippi Bar Foundation, NAACP and Girl Scouts. She was inducted into the Halls of Fame for Tougaloo College, National Bar Association and the University of Mississippi School of Law. She is featured in a documentary, “Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders,” which received honors and recognition at the Kennedy Center in New York in 2004. She received the Rabbi Perry Nussbaum Civil Justice Award in 2016 and the 2016 Heritage Award.
She is the mother of Constance Olivia Burwell (James) and the grandmother of James A. Emmanuel “Tre” Burwell III.
The Alumni Association will host a reception for the honorees on Friday, September 30, at 6 p.m. in the Gertrude C. Ford Ballroom at The Inn at Ole Miss. A dinner for the award recipients will follow the reception at 7 p.m. Those interested in attending the dinner should register in advance by calling the Alumni Association office at 662-915-7375 before 5 p.m., Friday, September 16. The cost of the dinner is $50 per person, or tables of 10 are available for $450.’