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Judge Robert Collins Interview (1984)




Genre: Interview

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-02-12

Duration: 00:09:37

Subjects: African Americans | Collins, Robert F., 1931- | Law | JUDGES


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Collins, Robert F. Interviewee


This segment from the February 12, 1984, episode of the series “Folks” features Rob Hinton’s interview with U.S. District Judge Robert Collins, the first African American federal judge in Louisiana and the Deep South. He discusses: his initial interest in the law; his role as a federal judge; his hope to blaze a trail for other black judges; his process of seeking the position; his favorite and least favorite parts of his job; the underrepresentation of minorities in Louisiana’s judiciary; and his future plans.