Since it is a memoir, do you feel you have been writing it all along or did you only recently write down all your memories into a book format?
How did being part of the Black Student Union while in college shape your decision to pursue a law degree, and eventually, a career as a lawyer?
Why did you want to be a judge when you already had a successful career as a lawyer?
You presided over many cases involving minors. You state in your memoir, “As a judge, I felt I had to do something to motivate them.” Not all judges take on this responsibility. Why did you feel compelled to help these young people and take an interest in their lives?
Despite racism and prejudice, both you and your sister persevered to have very successful careers in law. What would be your advice to other young men and women of color who are interested in pursuing a career in law?
Not giving up is a powerful theme in your memoir. You and your sister were both very determined from a young age. In your memoir you say, “Quitting was not in our vocabulary.” Do you have any advice for those who are struggling right now and want to give up on their dreams?
During your college years you were a part of the Black Student Union, and in your memoir you discuss a protest you were a part of. The end result of this protest was a positive one. Not all protests end positively. What would be your advice to those who feel defeated in the current political climate? Who maybe feel their voices aren’t being heard or being taken seriously?
Your sister used to quote Mae West in saying, “You only have one life, but if you do it right, once is enough.” How did you propel this message into your courtroom to help defendants see their ultimate potential?
How did working with a grief counselor help you mourn the loss of your sister? How did you cope with going back to work at the 36th District Court after her passing?
How did working with a grief counselor influence your approach in the courtroom to help veterans and drug offenders?
In your memoir you mention the importance of fairness. How did your transformative years as a teenager and college student shape how you would handle the cases that would come through your courtroom?
You state in your memoir that “the most important thing to the defendant is being heard.” As your career progressed, did it become difficult to maintain this level of fairness and not become jaded?
It’s very clear that you were very loved by your parents, and you and your sister loved your parents despite their faults. In your memoir you explain, “Life is not perfect, and your parents aren’t either because they are human.” This is a very reflective statement. Was it difficult for you and Leona to not be bitter regarding your father’s alcoholism and your mother’s battle with mental illness?
What role did God play in allowing you to pardon and forgive your parents of their misgivings?
You were obviously very close to your sister. In your memoir, you talk about how similar you two were. But, how were you different?
The influence of music on your life is mentioned throughout your memoir, especially your love for Motown music. Can you think of a song that captures the story of your life?
While at the law firm you and your sister shared (Lloyd and Lloyd), you represented several musical artists. This had to feel like a dream come true for someone who loved music so much. Do you ever miss being a part of the industry?
What is your favorite memory or story during this time period?