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Cheryl Blackwell Bryson

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/28/1950
Birth Location:
Baltimore, Maryland

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/28/1950
Birth Location:
Baltimore
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Biography

Corporate lawyer Cheryl Blackwell Bryson was born on May 28, 1950 in Baltimore, Maryland to Connie Blackwell and Clarence D. Blackwell. Bryson received her B.S. degree from Morgan State University, graduating magna cum laude in 1972. In 1977, Bryson received her J.D. degree from Ohio State University, College of Law. She was the associate editor of Ohio State University’s Law Journal in 1976.

From 1976 to 1980, Bryson worked as a labor law associate for the law firm Friedman & Koven. She was then an associate at Katten, Muchin & Zavis, in Chicago, Illinois from 1980 through 1989. Bryson also worked as the Deputy Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago Law Department where she established the Labor Relations Division and directed contract administration and collective bargaining for the city's 35,000 unionized employees. From 1989 to 1992, Bryson was a partner at the law firm of Bell, Boyd & Lloyd, in Chicago. She was a partner at Rivkin, Radler & Kremer from 1992 to 1995 and at Holleb & Coff from 1995 to 1999. Since 1999, Bryson was a partner at Duane Morris LLP where she was head of the Chicago office's Employment Law and Management Labor Relations Practice and a former member of the firm’s board of managers. A frequent author and lecturer on labor and employment law issues, Bryson was a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association, the Labor and Employment Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association and the Cook County Bar Association. She successfully defended both public and private sector employers from unfair labor practice charges and directed employer's strike planning when a union threatened to strike. Bryson also successfully defended a major bank before the Chicago Commission on Human Relations against claims of sexual discrimination. She counseled a client in the securities industry on efforts to coach senior executives on effective management strategies, reductions in force, workforce restructuring and litigation avoidance.

Bryson served on numerous boards as an advisor and trustee including The DuSable Museum of African-American History, The Neighborhood Institute Development Corporation, and the Cook County Economic Development Advisory Committee. In addition, Bryson was part of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s transition team. She was the recipient of numerous awards including the Hermann Sweatt Award from the National Bar Association in 2007.

Bryson passed away on January 20, 2012 at age 61.

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  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson describes her paternal family's migration to Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson remembers her father's stories about the Great Depression
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson recalls lessons from her father and grandfather about money management
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson describes the sights and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson remembers her white neighbors in East Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Cheryl Blackwell talks about segregation in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson recalls attending an experimental elementary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson remembers Matthew Henson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson talks about her early influences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson remembers Clifton Park Junior High School in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson talks about her early civil rights activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson recalls her experiences at Eastern High School in Baltimore, Maryland
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  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson talks about her early aspirations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson recalls her experiences at Morgan State College in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson remembers the March on Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson describes her family's acquaintance with civil rights leaders
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson recalls the riots after Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson talks about her activism at Morgan State College in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson recalls her decision to attend The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson remembers meeting her husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson describes her professors at The Ohio State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson recalls her decision to study law
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson describes the racial discrimination at The Ohio State University College of Law
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson recalls her peers at The Ohio State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson remembers joining the law firm of Friedman and Koven
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson talks about the field of employment law
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson talks about discrimination casework in the public and private sectors
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson recalls her time at Katten Muchin and Zavis
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson remembers serving as deputy corporation counsel for the City of Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson talks about Chicago Mayor Harold Washington and President Barack Obama
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson recalls joining the law firm of Bell Boyd and Lloyd LLP
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson describes her challenges at the law firm of Katten Muchin and Zavis
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  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson remembers being passed over for a partnership at Katten Muchin and Zavis
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  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson recalls how she came to work for Duane Morris LLP
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson remembers the deaths of her husband and eldest son
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson describes her physical health issues
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson remembers adapting to her physical illness
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson describes her experiences at Jackies on the Reef in Negril, Jamaica
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson remembers changing her lifestyle to treat her chronic pain
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson talks about her book project on back pain
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson reflects upon her life and her charitable activities
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Cheryl Blackwell Bryson talks about her family
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