The Honorable Richard L. Price '61
The Honorable Richard L. Price was born on September 19, 1940. He attended and graduated from Roanoke College in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He continued his education at New York Law School and received his J.D. in 1964. He graduated Law school ranked first in his class, and was awarded honors as The Outstanding Student. In 1980, Shaw University honored him with a Doctor of Laws, Honorary Degree. Price said that the liberal art curriculum at Roanoke College was what prepared him for law school.
After Price graduated from law school, he began to establish his illustrious career in legal and human rights. His legal experience started in 1965, and in 1976 he became the Chief Law Assistant for the Civil Court of the City of New York. He held this position until 1980.His sensitivity to issues such as discrimination against women, child abuse, and sexual crimes has long benefited advocacy groups devoted to improving society at large.
Price served a brief amount of time in 1981 in the Civil Court System and in June of 1981, he began his service to the New York County Supreme Court. He was elected a judge, and in 1982 he became an Acting Justice of the Bronx County Supreme Court, dealing with civil and criminal trials, a position he held for many years. Price has been appointed to many prestigious positions throughout his career, such as an Appointment by the Governor to chair a committee in charge of setting the amount of child support mandated by the state.
Price has held extensive memberships in the legal profession as well as the community. He held the presidency of the American Judges' Association and membership on the Law Explorer Board of Boy Scouts of America. He has also been an active member of The Jewish Lawyers Guild, The Black Bar Association, and The Women's Bar Association for over 25 years. Price has written over 25 legal and judicial publications. His community service involvement dates back to the mid-60's, and he has been named in 19 honorary listings from Men of Achievement to Biography of the Year.
Price taught Law for the Lay Person in New York State high schools, which is a course that acquaints students with legal issues through role-playing and mock trials. Price has received the highest award of the American Judges' Association for education and the New York State Bar Association's highest award for public service. Price has also received a national award for the Roanoke College fraternity that he belonged to, Pi Lambda Phi.
The Honorable Richard L. Price received the Roanoke College Medal on May 15, 1997. This is the highest honor the college bestows on its alumni, and Price was the perfect candidate. His service to his profession as well as the community has helped distinguish himself as one who has led a life of significance. Price was married on September 19, 1940 to Carolyn Ann price, and together they had two children; Lisa Robin and Howard Leslie.