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Singleton B. McAllister

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Government Relations Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
Live Every Minute To The Fullest And The Hours Will Take Care Of Themselves.

Birthplace

Born:
3/25/1952
Birth Location:
Baltimore, Maryland

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Government Relations Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
Live Every Minute To The Fullest And The Hours Will Take Care Of Themselves.

Birthplace

Born:
3/25/1952
Birth Location:
Baltimore
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Biography

Attorney Singleton McAllister was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 25, 1952. Her mother, Ann Elizabeth Hughes, was a teacher, and her father, James Winford Alphonso McAllister, an attorney. McAllister attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where she earned her B.A. in government and politics in 1975. In 1980 she attended Howard University as a graduate student in political science with focuses in international relations and public administration. McAllister then attended the Howard University School of Law, earning her J.D. degree in 1984.

In 1975, McAllister began her professional career as a legislative assistant to U.S. Representative Parren J. Mitchell of Maryland. She left Mitchell’s offices in 1978 to become assistant director of the lobbying group, TransAfrica. The following year, she returned to Congress as the legislative director to Representative William H. Gray of Pennsylvania. After earning her J.D., McAllister worked as a teaching assistant at Howard University, and in 1984, she became a law clerk to U.S. Federal District Court Judge Jack Tanner. In 1986, McAllister was hired as senior counsel to the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Budget, where she worked with a variety of Congressional committees. She then went to work “of counsel” to a number of law firms.

In 1996, McAllister was named general counsel to the United States Agency for International Development, and in 2001, she became a partner in the firm of Patton Boggs LLP. In 2003, McAllister left to become a partner with Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, where she focused on public law, policy strategies and corporate diversity counseling. From July 2005 to October 2007 McAllister worked as partner in the law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C. She then partner in the Washington D.C. office of the law firm LeClair & Ryan LLP since October 2007.

McAllister has received numerous awards, including the 2,000 Notable American Women Award, the Most Distinguished Member Award from Women in Government Relations and, in 2000, she was named a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. She has also served on the board of directors of the International Human Rights Law Group, Howard University Hospital and is currently the Director of Alliant Energy and United Rentals, Inc.

McAllister was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 22, 2003.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Singleton B. McAllister lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Singleton B. McAllister describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Singleton B. McAllister describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Singleton B. McAllister describes her mother's personality, education, and how she met McAllister's father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Singleton B. McAllister describes her father's personality and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Singleton B. McAllister discusses her first memories of racism and interracial schools in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Singleton B. McAllister describes her childhood personality and interests
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Singleton B. McAllister lists the schools she attended in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Singleton B. McAllister remembers influential teachers from grade school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Singleton B. McAllister lists her favorite subjects in school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Singleton B. McAllister describes hearing about the Civil Rights Movement as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Singleton B. McAllister reflects upon attending Lamell Junior High School in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Singleton B. McAllister explains her experience with white flight and memories from Northwestern Senior High School in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Singleton B. McAllister reflects upon how her high school teacher influenced her interest in history
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Singleton B. McAllister talks about the events surrounding Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Singleton B. McAllister explains how her interest in law developed
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Singleton B. McAllister recalls her involvement on campus life and influential figures while at the University of Maryland, College Park
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Singleton B. McAllister remembers the director of African American studies at University of Maryland, College Park
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Singleton B. McAllister explains the impact DeWayne Wickham had on her career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Singleton B. McAllister details the attitude of the student body at the University of Maryland, College Park
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Singleton B. McAllister discusses the work of HistoryMaker the Honorable Parren J. Mitchell, III and her involvement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Singleton B. McAllister talks about the efficacy of the Congressional Black Caucus in the 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Singleton B. McAllister discusses the formation and early days of TransAfrica
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Singleton B. McAllister reminisces over the cohesion of the African American community regarding African issues in the 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Singleton B. McAllister explains her work under the African Development Foundation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Singleton B. McAllister discusses her professional experiences while attending Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Singleton B. McAllister talks about her work as a clerk under Judge Jack E. Tanner
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Singleton B. McAllister describes her experience on the House Budget Committee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Singleton B. McAllister recalls her lobbying efforts in support of the Health Security Act
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Singleton B. McAllister reflects on why her lobbying was unsuccessful in promoting the Health Security Act
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Singleton B. McAllister talks about how she promoted minority participation as general counsel in USAID
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Singleton B. McAllister talks about her career path after leaving USAID
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Singleton B. McAllister describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Singleton B. McAllister reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Singleton B. McAllister describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Singleton B. McAllister narrates her photographs