Amber Melissa Racine
Amber Melissa Racine

December 11, 1981 - November 11, 2020
Born in Harlem, NY


Amber Melissa Racine
was born in Harlem, New York on December 11th to parents Juliana Cedeno and Richard
Racine. She was younger sister to Jason Racine, and close friend to many young women
throughout New York and Philadelphia.
Amber spent her early years training at the Dance Theater of Harlem (DTH) and serving as
an assistant instructor during her teen years. She later worked in the DTH school and
continued to support the institution after she left NYC.
Upon her acceptance to Drexel University as a AJ Drexel Scholar, Amber moved to
Philadelphia in 1999 where she later received her Bachelor's degree in History & Politics.
Immediately afterwards, Amber joined Temple University's James E. Beasley School of Law
in 2004 and attended classes in the evening while working full-time as a paralegal
at a litigation firm. In 2008, she received her law degree and was awarded
the Distinguished Classroom Performance and Outstanding Oral Advocacy Award.
In 2012. Amber joined the Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer Firm as a personal injury attorney and
served on numerous cases as lead counsel. Amber would continue to shine her light as she
was named one of Philadelphia’s Most Influential African-Americans by the Philadelphia
Tribune and noted as a Future Transformer for the City of Philadelphia and its Plaintiff, the
Philadelphia Business Journal. Past Barrister's of Philadelphia President, Dominique Ward
referred to Amber as the "association's Superhero , an advocate’s advocate, a mentor to so
many, and a steady hand that guided the masses over the years". She added that "Amber
shielded us from harm, created opportunities for us to advance, and was an ear that was
always willing to listen".
Amber was also dedicated to her community. She was one of the lead organizers for the
Barrister's Annual Turkey Drive and the Youth Sentencing and Re-entry Project. She also
donated to numerous local organizations that served Phildephia youth.
Amber transitioned on November 11, 2020. She was a devoted daughter, supportive sister,
and loving friend. We will miss her tremendously.

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Saint Raymond of Penafort Church
1350 Vernon Road
Philadelphia, PA US 19150
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Funeral Mass
Saint Raymond of Penafort Church
1350 Vernon Road
Philadelphia, PA US 19150
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
12:30 PM