District Attorney Kamala Harris

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With a 90 percent conviction rate, superstar prosecutor Kamala Harris made history when she was elected California's first African-American female district attorney.

"Law enforcement has such a direct impact on the most vulnerable people in the community," Harris says. "I wanted to be at the table when the decisions were being made."

She believes it is her duty to mentor young women who dream of following in her footsteps. "My mother, who is a very strong influence in my life, always said, 'Kamala, you may be the first to do many things, but make sure you're not the last.'"
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FROM: Eight Women Oprah Wants You to Know
Published on October 17, 2005

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