Judge Clifford Scott Green was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th Annual PBA Minority Attorney Conference, held April 5-6 in Philadelphia.
“We are pleased to present our Lifetime Achievement Award to Judge Clifford Scott Green for his accomplishments as an attorney, jurist, mentor and community leader and for his devotion to equity and fairness in the minority community,” stated PBA Minority Bar Committee Chair Pamela F. Cross. “I was personally delighted to meet Judge Green, who is such a warm and pleasant gentleman. Many thanks to Judge Green for his inspiration to us all.”
Judge Green was employed with the U.S. Signal Corps as a stock clerk at age 19 in 1942. He then enlisted in the Signal Corps Reserve and received electronic training until he was called for active duty in 1943 and was assigned to radar repair units of the Air Force.
Upon discharge from the Air Force in 1946, Judge Green enrolled in the Temple University School of Business. After receiving his undergraduate degree in accountancy with honors in 1948, he entered Temple’s School of Law where he received the Robert E. Lamberton and A. Lincoln Meyers Memorial Awards for the highest grades in Constitutional Law and Conflicts of Law, respectively. As a law student, Judge Green worked on Judge Herbert E. Millin’s campaign, who was the first African-American appointed and subsequently elected a judge of a court of record in Pennsylvania.
After graduating law school in 1951, Judge Green joined Pennsylvania’s first African-American law partnership: Norris, Schmidt, Green, Harris, Higginbotham & Brown. At this firm, he practiced with J. Austin Norris, a “dedicated civil rights leader” who provided him with “exceptional leadership and inspiration.” In 1964, after years of practice, Judge Green was appointed judge of the County Court of Philadelphia (currently the court of common pleas) by Gov. William W. Scranton. During that tenure, Judge Green served as a member of the Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission.
On Dec. 6, 1971, Judge Green was appointed judge of the U.S. District Court for the eastern district of Pennsylvania by President Richard M. Nixon. As a judge for the eastern district, he formerly served as a member of the Judicial Conference Committee on Operation of the Jury System and currently presides as senior judge.