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Lezli Baskerville

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Peach
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer, Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/20/1956
Birth Location:
Montclair, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Peach
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer, Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/20/1956
Birth Location:
Montclair
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Biography

Attorney Lezli Baskerville was born in Montclair, New Jersey, as an identical twin sister of Dr. Renee E. Baskerville, to Marjorie (Henry) Baskerville, a teacher-social worker, and Charles W. Baskerville, a marketing executive. After graduating from Montclair High School, Baskerville received her bachelor’s degree from Douglass Residential College in New Jersey, and later earned her J.D. degree from Howard University School of Law in 1979.

For two decades, Baskerville served as outside counsel to the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO). She also worked during this time as Executive Director of the National Black Leadership Roundtable (NCLR). In addition, she served as National Legislative Counsel for the NAACP, as a member of the national appellate litigation team of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and as an administrative appeals judge in the District of Columbia.

Between 1989 and 1999, Baskerville managed a successful private legal and legislative services collective called, The Baskerville Group, providing legal and government relations representation, advocacy and diversity services to higher education institutions, associations, municipalities, elected officials, non-profit groups, small businesses and corporations.

As Vice-President for the College Board (between 1999 and 2003), Baskerville was Chief Executive Officer of the Board’s Washington office. In 2004, after serving for two months as the Interim President of NAFEO, its Board named Baskerville its first female president. She serves as the liaison between Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and executive, legislative and judicial branches of the federal and state governments and corporations, foundations, and non-governmental organizations, to champion the interests of and build the capacity of the HBCU community.

Baskerville lives in Washington, D.C.

Baskerville was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 6, 2006.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Lezli Baskerville's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Lezli Baskerville lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lezli Baskerville describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lezli Baskerville talks about segregation in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lezli Baskerville describes her mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lezli Baskerville describes her mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lezli Baskerville describes her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lezli Baskerville describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Lezli Baskerville talks about her father's musical talent
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lezli Baskerville describes her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lezli Baskerville describes her paternal great-grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lezli Baskerville talks about her family origins in Baskerville, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lezli Baskerville describes her sister and nephew
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lezli Baskerville describes her sister's activism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lezli Baskerville describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lezli Baskerville describes her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Lezli Baskerville describes her experiences at integrated schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Lezli Baskerville remembers embracing her African heritage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Lezli Baskerville talks about her teacher and mentor, Loretta Hodge
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lezli Baskerville describes her early community activism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lezli Baskerville describes her aspiration to become a lawyer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lezli Baskerville describes her experiences at Douglass Residential College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lezli Baskerville recalls organizing a demonstration at Douglass College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lezli Baskerville describes her allies at Douglass College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lezli Baskerville recalls how she funded her college education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Lezli Baskerville recalls working at a food bank in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Lezli Baskerville remembers Howard University School of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Lezli Baskerville talks about landmark cases in education discrimination, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Lezli Baskerville talks about landmark cases in education discrimination, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Lezli Baskerville recalls her clerkship at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Lezli Baskerville describes her cases at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights under Law
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lezli Baskerville recalls developing a thyroid disorder while in law school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lezli Baskerville recalls how she overcame her health challenges
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lezli Baskerville remembers attorneys who influenced her
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lezli Baskerville remembers her mentor, Herbert O. Reid, Sr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lezli Baskerville explains the importance of historically black colleges
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lezli Baskerville talks about Frederick Humphries
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Lezli Baskerville describes the work of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Lezli Baskerville describes the work of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Lezli Baskerville recalls writing an amicus brief for Grutter v. Bollinger
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Lezli Baskerville recalls serving as the NAACP's national legislative counsel
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Lezli Baskerville describes the Baskerville Group
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Lezli Baskerville describes the National Black Leadership Roundtable
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Lezli Baskerville remembers the dissolution of the Baskerville Group
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Lezli Baskerville describes her work with the College Board
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Lezli Baskerville talks about her travels
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Lezli Baskerville recalls returning to the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Lezli Baskerville describes the history of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Lezli Baskerville describes the challenges she faced at the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Lezli Baskerville recalls assisting historically black colleges after Hurricane Katrina
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Lezli Baskerville describes misconceptions about affirmative action
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Lezli Baskerville describes why affirmative action is still important
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Lezli Baskerville remembers her life partner, Dr. Clinton Bristow, Jr.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Lezli Baskerville reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Lezli Baskerville describes her advice to young African Americans considering a career in law
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Lezli Baskerville talks about her future aspirations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Lezli Baskerville describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Lezli Baskerville narrates her photographs