PUBLISHED:April 25, 2023

Color of Justice: A Conversation among Women


The Honorable Sandra J. Hairston engages in a discussion with members of the Black Law Students Association and the Latin American Law Students Association.

Gomez, Hairston, Haynes, and Martinez smiling for a photo

On April 11, the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA) hosted the Honorable Sandra J. Hairston, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina, for “Color of Justice: A Conversation Among Women.” Hairston, a North Carolina native, is the first African American woman to serve as the federal chief law enforcement officer for North Carolina’s Middle District, which includes Durham and surrounding counties. Caira Watson ’24, the outgoing president of BLSA, and Alexandra Gómez ’24, the outgoing president of LALSA, together with students in attendance, engaged Hairston in an intimate conversation about her experience as a woman of color doing criminal justice work, the role of a U.S. Attorney, important qualities for the position, challenges she has faced, and advice for Black and Latinx women seeking to follow in her footsteps.