The Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce would like to introduce its newest member, Attorney Richard R. Fischer. Fischer has been practicing law for more than 30 years and has brought his practice to Grambling.
Growing up in Homer during the 1960s; He was one of the 20 African American students to integrate Homer High School in 1970.
“The scenes with dogs and fire hoses that you see in books and television; we lived through it,” said Fischer.
Fischer’s mother was arrested while protesting and charged with attempted murder of a police officer. Fischer explained that there were no black lawyers in the area and finding a white attorney to represent black defendants opposing white plaintiffs was equally difficult. Fischer noted Paul Kidd Sr. as the most well-known white attorney that would represent African Americans in court.
Eventually the charges against his mother were dropped. However, it was during his junior year in high school while watching his mother endure injustice that Richard Fischer decided to be a lawyer.
Fischer went on to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Louisiana Tech University, where he also became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Fischer graduated in 1975 and continued his education at Southern University in Baton Rouge where he earned his Jurist Doctorate in 1979.
Life experiences took Fischer on a journey from New Orleans to Shreveport where he served as a public defender specializing in DWI and criminal, and bankruptcy cases. “There is a certain formula to it” Fischer said about bankruptcy cases. He enjoys criminal cases because of “the type of dynamic…No two cases are alike”.
Fischer likes the “small town environment and slow pace” that Grambling offers. He is excited about being in Grambling.
The office of Attorney Fischer is located at 843 R.W.E. Jones Drive and open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Quoting Hosea 4:6 Fischer said, “People perish from lack of knowledge…something as simple as keeping records” can aide African Americans in the courtroom.
Fischer welcomes those with questions or cases to visit or call (318) 596-3150.