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Delos R. Davis
Fred Davis
Lloyd Dean
Linda McCurdy
Lana Strain
 
 
Delos R. Davis
 
Photo Courtesy of The Ontario Black History Archives
Mr. Delos Rogest Davis was the first Canadian born black lawyer in Canada. Davis was born in Colchester Township in 1846. He taught school for four years at Gilgal before pursuing a career in law. In 1871 he was appointed a commissioner of affidavits and in 1873 he became a public notary. Following study in law a prospective lawyer must article under an established lawyer in order be eligible to write the bar exam and be accepted to the bar. Although an excellent student Davis was unable to find a lawyer who would accept him. Therefore, in 1884 Davis appealed to the Ontario legislature to allow him to write the examinations and be accepted
Photo Courtesy of The Ontario Black History Archives
  to the bar without articling.
 
Delos R. Davis was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada on May 19, 1885. Davis’ son graduated from law school at Osgoode Hall in 1900. Together they established the law firm of Davis and Davis on Gore Street in Amherstburg with offices Windsor. On November 10th, 1910 Davis became the first black lawyer to be appointed King's Counsel. Delos R. Davis died in 1915 and is buried in the cemetery at New Canaan (now Gesto) (See Historic Sites – Cemeteries)
 
Fred Davis
 
Fredrick H.A.Davis' Law office, 1914 - courtesy of the Archives of Ontario (F2076-16-3-7-41)
Fred Davis, the son of Delos R. Davis, followed in his father’s footsteps and studied Law at Osgoode Hall. He graduated in 1900 and practiced law with his father in Amherstburg. The law firm of Davis and Davis was located on Gore Street in Amherstburg but also had offices in Windsor.
 
Lloyd Dean
 
Lloyd Dean, The Windsor Star 18/11/1989
Lloyd Dean is the grandson of Delos R. Davis. While attending Law School at the University of Windsor Dean completed extensive research on his grandfather’s legal career and organized a scholarship for students of law in his grandfather’s name.
 
Linda McCurdy
 
Linda McCurdy
Linda McCurdy is a partner in the firm McCurdy & Strain. They specialize in criminal defence and highway traffic offences. McCurdy and Strain also provide notary services.
 
Lana Strain
 
Linda McCurdy
Lana Strain is a partner in the firm McCurdy & Strain. They specialize in criminal defence and highway traffic offences. McCurdy and Strain also provide notary services.
 
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