First African American Attorney to have an Office in Decatur


Decatur- WAND's Brigette Burnett got a chance to sit down and talk to an honorable African American lawyer who is positively impacting the community. She talked about how anyone can be in the same place she is today.

When Ruth Waller first started her career it was unheard of to have an African American attorney in Macon County. She set out to be a trailblazer. Waller is the first African American attorney to have an office in Decatur. With that title came a lot of struggles.

"If I do the job and I do it well, that's all that should matter," Waller said.

Now she has been fighting for justice for more than 20 years.

In the past she talked about Black Perspective as a host on WAND. Now she speaks up for children as a Senior Supervising Attorney for the Child Support Division.

"It doesn't matter where they came from. It doesn't matter what their parents are going through now. There life is going to be their life and they need to have that pointed out to them. . . They need to know every diploma I have on my wall they can have too," Waller added.

"She knows the law and she knows the facts. Whether the ruling goes for her or against her, she's always very professional in her presentation in court," said Presiding Macon County Judge A.G. Webber.

Judge Webber knows about the impact she's made on the community.

"If somebody hadn't told me you can be whatever you want to be, but you have to work darn hard for it, I would still be the same way I see some of the people I see everyday. Because it's not hard to be that way, but it is hard to be this way. But the door is open for all of us. Sometimes you got to kick it in and so what," Waller said.

Waller also had a private practice for more than 20 years. She went to seminary school and is an ordained minister.

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