Which side to take?: Aspiring lawyers ponder careers as prosecutors or defense attorneys

Christopher Darden and Johnnie Cochran who were a prosecutor and defense attorney during the famed O.J. Simpson murder trial exemplified the question of which side to take.

The late Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. was at the time of his death one of the most respected and well-known American attorneys. As both a prosecutor and as a defense attorney, he succeeded in leaving … Read More

OBABL Congressional Black Caucus Special Edition


Every September The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation hosts the Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. In honor of this event, OBABL has published a Salute to the CBC and Top Black Lawyers With Influence. Inside you’ll find profiles of the 55 hired guns along with those of legal Hill staffers and, of course the CBC Members. Read More

Politics and Interracial Mates Not a Good Mix?


In an interesting op-ed in the New York Times, Syracuse law professor, Kevin Noble Maillard, breaks down the problems inherent in bringing interracial romance to the campaign trail.

When the candidate is one race, and the spouse/partner/“friend” is another, opponents find a combustible cocktail to stir voter insecurities. Ask the ghost of Thomas Jefferson, who weathered decades of criticism about his relationship with “Dusky Sally,” his mixed-race slave who bore six mixed-race children. Read More