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Today’s panel, What is Our Legacy? The Black Lawyer’s Role in History is led by one of the foremost authorities on the history of the black lawyer, Harvard Law School’s David Wilkins, the Lester Kissel Professor of Law and faculty director of the Center on the Legal Profession. He is joined by a rock star panel of legally trained leaders: Chairman of the Board and CEO of Merck & Co., Kenneth C. Frazier who rose to partner at the law firm of Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP before joining Merck & Co. and rising to general counsel and subsequently being promoted to the leadership of Merck & Co. as its Chairman and CEO; President and Direct-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educa­tional Fund (LDF), Sherrilyn Ifill who began her career as Assistant Counsel of LDF before joining the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore and teaching for over 20 years, then rejoining LDF in its top leadership role to guide the direction of the nation’s premier civil rights law organization; and Partner and Co-Chair of the Litigation Department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Theodore V. Wells, Jr., who served as a partner at Lowenstein Sandler LLP before joining Paul Weiss, where his experience with complex litigation and white collar defense makes him one of the nation’s most regarded trial attorneys. This panel explores the backgrounds of the panelists, their mentors and motivation and their desire to make society a better place. This panel also shines an important light on the need for long term preservation of the history of African Ameri­can legal history. The discussion ends with a Q&A session with questions from The HistoryMakers LawMakers Advisory Committee. Be sure to tune into this captivating discussion of race, law and the pursuit of social justice, racial equity and societal advancement and opportunity.

This 90-minute program is scheduled to stream on YouTube at 12:00 noon EST on Friday, December 11, 2020 as the eleventh installment of The HistoryMakers 20@2020: 20 Days and 20 Nights Convening and Celebration.

Advisory Board

Paulette R. Brown  Senior Partner & Chief Diversity & Inclusion, Officer Locke Lord LLP
Paulette R. Brown 
Senior Partner & Chief Diversity & Inclusion, Officer
Locke Lord LLP 
 
The Honorable David H. Coar Retired U.S. Direct Judge Northern District of Illinois
The Honorable David H. Coar
Retired
U.S. Direct Judge Northern District of Illinois 
 
James L. Hudson Former U.S. Executive Director, European Bank for Reconstruction & Development
James L. Hudson
Former U.S. Executive Director
European Bank for Reconstruction & Development 
 
Channing Johnson Partner, Loeb & Loeb LLP
Channing Johnson
Partner
Loeb & Loeb LLP
 
Katherine Lauderdale Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, PBS
Katherine Lauderdale
Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary
PBS
 
Charisse Lillie  CEO, CRL Consulting, Inc.
Charisse Lillie 
CEO
CRL Consulting, Inc. 
Virgil Roberts Managing Partner & Founder, Bobbitt & Roberts
Virgil Roberts
Managing Partner & Founder
Bobbitt & Roberts
The Honorable Rodney E. Slater Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation; Partner, Squire, Patton & Boggs
The Honorable Rodney E. Slater
Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Partner
Squire, Patton & Boggs
Maurice A. Watson Of Counsel, Husch Blackwell
Maurice A. Watson
Of Counsel
Husch Blackwell 
Fletcher Flash Wiley  Former Of Counsel, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Fletcher Flash Wiley 
Former Of Counsel
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

 

Date and Time

Friday, December 11, 2020

12 noon EST/ 11 a.m. CST/ 10 a.m. MST/ 9 a.m. PST

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