Making News…

Here’s a look at a few black lawyers in the headlines

From left, co-chair of the National Museum of African American History and Culture Council Richard Parsons, Smithsonian Board of Regents Patty Stonesifer, former first lady Laura Bush, Smithsonian Institution Secretary Wayne Clough, Smithsonian Museum Director Lonnie Bunch, Smithsonian Undersecretary for History, Art and Culture Richard Kurin, Smithsonian Board of Regents Chair France Cordova, and co-chair of the National Museum of African American History and Culture Council Linda Johnson Rice, lift shovels during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. Photo: Susan Walsh / AP

From left, co-chair of the National Museum of African American History and Culture Council Richard Parsons, Smithsonian Board of Regents Patty Stonesifer, former first lady Laura Bush, Smithsonian Institution Secretary Wayne Clough, Smithsonian Museum Director Lonnie Bunch, Smithsonian Undersecretary for History, Art and Culture Richard Kurin, Smithsonian Board of Regents Chair France Cordova, and co-chair of the National Museum of African American History and Culture Council Linda Johnson Rice, lift shovels during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. Photo: Susan Walsh / AP

This nations most well known black lawyers President and Mrs. Obama joined hundreds for the groundbreaking for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture due to open in 2015. Also in attendance Citigroup Chairman Richard “Dick” Parsons. Parsons co-chaired the museum council with Linda Johnson Rice, Chairman of Johnson Publishing Company. Other black lawyers on the council include Kenneth Chenault of American Express, Franklin Raines, Former Chairman of Fannie Mae, and H. Patrick Swygert, President Emeritus of Howard University.

Theodore “Ted” Shaw the former director-counsel and president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund was quoted in an article on the Supreme Court’s decision to address affirmative action in a forthcoming hearing before the court. The NAACP LDF of course filed an amicus brief in the 2003 case and may file again this time led by now director-counsel John Payton. Payton has already released a statement lauding the importance of diversity in higher education.

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