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Leroy C. Richie

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate General Counsel

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Naples, Florida
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/27/1941
Birth Location:
Buffalo, New York

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate General Counsel

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Naples, Florida
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/27/1941
Birth Location:
Buffalo
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Biography

Born on September 27, 1941, in Buffalo, New York, to Mattie and Leroy C. Richie, the younger Leroy C. Richie graduated as valedictorian of his class at the City College of New York in 1970. After earning his law degree from New York University in 1973, Richie worked in private practice for the New York law firm of White & Case until 1978. Richie then entered government service when he was appointed to serve as director of the Federal Trade Commission's New York office.

In 1983, Richie entered corporate America as assistant general counsel to the Chrysler Corporation under the reign of Lee Iacocca. Given some key assignments, Richie quickly rose to vice president and general counsel; he was the only African American in the top ranks of the giant Detroit automaker at that time. In 1992, Richie made history again by becoming the first African American to serve as general counsel to the Executive Committee of the United States Golf Association. In 1997, Richie was elected to the organization's board of directors.

Richie was active in promoting diversity in the legal profession; he frequently spoke on that issue at conferences and on panels. Richie was also secretary of Detroit's Museum of African American History and served as an officer for the Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Richie served as a board member for Marygrove College; St. Joseph's Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan; and the Detroit Bar Foundation. Richie and his wife, Julia C. Thomas, were married in 1972; the couple raised two children, Brooke and Darcy.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Leroy Richie interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Leroy Richie's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Leroy Richie remembers his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Leroy Richie remembers his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Leroy Richie discusses his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Leroy Richie shares early childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Leroy Richie describes his childhood environs
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Leroy Richie describes life as the oldest child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Leroy Richie recalls his early school life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Leroy Richie describes his early participation in a gang
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Leroy Richie remembers an influential figure from his early life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Leroy Richie continues to discuss his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Leroy Richie describes a memorable adolescent prank
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Leroy Richie details his early aspirations of becoming a lawyer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Leroy Richie describes his early intellectual prowess
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Leroy Richie describes his parents' relationship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Leroy Richie recalls his mother's response to his interracial relationship in college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Leroy Richie begins to detail his military stint
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Leroy Richie talks about his experiences learning German while in the military
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Leroy Richie recounts being the subject of a racially-motivated arrest in Buffalo, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Leroy Richie recalls his experiences at Bronx Community College where he met his wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Leroy Richie talks about his aspirations to teach philosophy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Leroy Richie details his arrest while trying to help his brother
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Leroy Richie talks about his experiences in law school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Leroy Richie recalls his first jobs working for law firms
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Leroy Richie remembers his experiences working for the New York law firm, White and Case
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Leroy Richie discusses White and Case's policy on projecting the corporate image in the 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Leroy Richie gives a brief background of the New York law firm, White and Case
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Leroy Richie shares a story about a client he represented at White and Case
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Leroy Richie remembers a mentor at White and Case and discussses their client, Prudential Financial Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Leroy Richie discusses his decision to leave White and Case
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Leroy Richie talks about his decision to work at the Federal Trade Commission
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Leroy Richie recalls his experience at the Federal Trade Commission
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Leroy Richie recalls his decision to retain all his workers as director of the Federal Trade Commission's New York office
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Leroy Richie describes the working environment at the Federal Trade Commission
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Leroy Richie reflects on his years at the Federal Trade Commission and his decision to leave
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Leroy Richie discusses the ethical challenges he encountered at the Federal Trade Commission
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Leroy Richie talks briefly about his transition to the Chrysler Corporation
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Second slating of Leroy Richie interview
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Leroy Richie talks about his departure from the Federal Trade Commission
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Leroy Richie discusses his wife's postponement of her political aspirations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Leroy Richie details the restructuring of the Chrysler Corporation during the 1980s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Leroy Richie talks about his duties at the Chrysler Corporation
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Leroy Richie recalls the negotiations between the United Automobile Workers union and the Chrysler Corporation, Part 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Leroy Richie recalls the negotiations between the United Automobile Workers union and the Chrysler Corporation, Part 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Leroy Richie talks about challenges he encountered on the job at the Chrysler Corporation
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Leroy Richie details his promotion at the Chrysler Corporation, part 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Leroy Richie details his promotion at the Chrysler Corporation, part 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Leroy Richie recalls the African American community's response to his promotion at the Chrysler Corporation
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Leroy Richie details a falling out with his former supervisor at the Chrysler Corporation
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Leroy Richie explains his working relationship with Vice Chairman Gerald Greenwald at Chrysler
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Leroy Richie describes the personality differences between his two supervisors at the Chrysler Corporation
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Leroy Richie talks about the development of the Minority Counsel Demonstration program
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Leroy Richie details the activities of the Minority Counsel Demonstration Program
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Leroy Richie talks about the limits placed on his position at the Chrysler Corporation
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Third slating of Leroy Richie interview
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Leroy Richie discusses his promotion at Chrysler and pairing minority lawyers with those in the auto industry
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Leroy Richie details his relationship with Detroit mayor Coleman Young while at the Chrysler Corporation
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Leroy Richie talks briefly about his meteoric rise at Chrysler
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Leroy Richie recalls negotiating a dispute between the Chrysler Corporation and a government agency
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Leroy Richie explains his negotiation strategies
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Leroy Richie gives his management philosophy
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Leroy Richie discusses product liability at the Chrysler Corporation
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Leroy Richie talks about black leadership within the automotive industry
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Leroy Richie details his efforts to create diversity in the field of corporate law
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Leroy Richie talks about the relationship between Chrysler and the law firm of Lewis & Munday
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Leroy Richie comments on the Minority Corporate Counsel Association
  • Tape: 12 Story: 1 - Leroy Richie discusses handling the odometer fraud scandal at Chrysler Corporation
  • Tape: 12 Story: 2 - Leroy Richie talks briefly about Chrysler's success in the 1980s
  • Tape: 12 Story: 3 - Leroy Richie details Lee Iacocca's retirement and the takeover attempt of the Chrysler Corporation
  • Tape: 12 Story: 4 - Leroy Richie discusses his role within Chrysler after Lee Iacocca's retirement
  • Tape: 12 Story: 5 - Leroy Richie talks about his decision to leave the Chrysler Corporation
  • Tape: 12 Story: 6 - Leroy Richie explains his role as legal counsel to automobile dealers while at Chrysler
  • Tape: 13 Story: 1 - Leroy Richie shares a story about post-apartheid South Africa
  • Tape: 13 Story: 2 - Leroy Richie recalls his meeting with Nelson Mandela
  • Tape: 13 Story: 3 - Leroy Richie talks about Chrysler establishing black-owned dealerships in South Africa
  • Tape: 13 Story: 4 - Leroy Richie details his career activities since leaving the Chrysler Corporation
  • Tape: 13 Story: 5 - Leroy Richie talks about his children and gives advice on being a good lawyer
  • Tape: 13 Story: 6 - Leroy Richie comments on his legacy and his relationship with his wife, Part 1
  • Tape: 14 Story: 1 - Leroy Richie comments on his relationship with his wife, part 2
  • Tape: 14 Story: 2 - Leroy Richie talks about his plans for the future
  • Tape: 14 Story: 3 - Leroy Richie discusses his hopes and concerns for the African American community