EGL is congratulating identical twin sisters, Shanta Owens and Shera Grant, on obtaining judicial seats in the 10th District Court in Alabama, the largest district in the state. On January 8th, Governor Robert Bentley appointed Grant to district court judge. She joins her sister, Owens, who has been in the same district since 2008 working in Criminal Division and currently is the Presiding Judge for the Drug Court Program for the Birmingham Division of their county.
Raised by a determined single mother, Shanta and Shera both graduated summa cum laude from Alabama State with degrees in Computer Information. After undergrad, both ladies obtained law degrees from Louisiana State University and studied abroad, achieving dual degrees. They coincidently both have six-year-old daughters and three-year-old sons and were lucky enough to marry childhood best friends.
It’s no secret that the state of Alabama has a “colorful” history. The state, being admitted into the union in 1819, did not have its first black Supreme Court judge until 1980. With blacks making up 26 percent of the state’s population, there have only been three black federal judges in the state’s history. There has never been a black female federal court judge.
We wish these ladies even more well-deserved success and send our love and support as they continue to help change their community for the better. Also, much respect to retired Judge Vanzetta Penn McPherson, who sat as U.S. Magistrate Judge in Alabama for 14 years.
Written By: Melody Lanei