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Charisse R. Lillie

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Mexican Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/7/1952
Birth Location:
Houston, Texas

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Mexican Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/7/1952
Birth Location:
Houston
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Biography

Born to educators Richard and Vernelle Lillie on April 7, 1952, Charisse Lillie was made aware of the importance of service and education, and has made both part of her own legal legacy. Lillie received her B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1973, her J.D. from Temple University Law School in 1976, and her LL.M. from Yale University in 1982. Throughout her distinguished career, Lillie has shown a profound commitment to affecting change through the law. Among the first generation of students to integrate Houston's public schools in the 1960s, she was aware that attorneys were critical to dismantling the laws of segregation.

As a college student, Lillie wrote a monograph on the careers of African American federal judges. This experience helped shape her career by putting her in contact with early giants. After receiving her LL.M., Lillie taught law at Villanova University in Pennsylvania before embarking on a distinguished career in government service as assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Civil Division) from 1985 to 1988, general counsel to the Redevelopment Authority of Philadelphia from 1988 to 1990, and as city solicitor for Philadelphia from 1990 to 1992. She joined Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll in 1992.

Serving as partner and chair of the litigation department of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, Lillie's practice centers on discrimination defense. She lectures widely and serves as an adviser on issues such as diversity, anti-discrimination and affirmative action. Lillie serves on countless boards, committees and organizations and was most recently appointed chairperson of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award from the Urban League of Philadelphia. Lillie is married to Thomas McGill, Jr. and has one daughter, Alison McGill.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Charisse R. Lillie lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Charisse R. Lillie talks about her parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Charisse R. Lillie talks about her grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Charisse R. Lillie describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Charisse R. Lillie describes her experience at Turner Elementary School and Mt. Carmel High School in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Charisse R. Lillie talks about her summer camps at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Charisse R. Lillie talks about her interest in theater
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Charisse R. Lillie describes her experience at Mr. Carmel High School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Charisse R. Lillie describes her inspirations for becoming a lawyer
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Charisse R. Lillie remembers Congresswoman Barbara Jordan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Charisse R. Lillie describes her motivations for attending Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Charisse R. Lillie describes her mentor at Wesleyan University, Professor Clement Vose
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Charisse R. Lillie describes two of her mentors at Wesleyan University named Jeffrey Smith
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Charisse R. Lillie talks about her experience at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Charisse R. Lillie describes her experience at Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Charisse R. Lillie describes working with Judge A. Leon Higginbotham on his first book
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Charisse R. Lillie describes her early career as a lawyer and her experience at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Charisse R. Lillie describes the history of the National Conference of Black Lawyers, the National Bar Association, and the American Bar Association
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Charisse R. Lillie describes the opportunities available to African American lawyers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Charisse R. Lillie describes her experience as an Assistant United States Attorney
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Charisse R. Lillie describes her experience as Chair of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Charisse R. Lillie describes her experience as City Solicitor for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Charisse R. Lillie describes her experience working at Ballard, Spahr, Andrews and Ingersoll
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Charisse R. Lillie talks about some of her organizational involvements
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Charisse R. Lillie talks about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Charisse R. Lillie talks about the high profile trials of Mumia Abu-Jamal and O.J. Simpson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Charisse R. Lillie talks about her experience as a lawyer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Charisse R. Lillie talks about the importance of corporate policies against racial and sexual discrimination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Charisse R. Lillie talks about her belief in affirmative action
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Charisse R. Lillie shares her views on reparations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Charisse R. Lillie talks about her plans for the future
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Charisse R. Lillie describes her hopes and aspirations for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Charisse R. Lillie talks about her current involvement with the arts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Charisse R. Lillie reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Charisse R. Lillie reflects upon her parents' pride in her and her sister Marsha Lillie-Blanton
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Charisse R. Lillie talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Charisse R. Lillie narrates her photographs