The late John Payton to receive honorary degree from Georgetown Law

John A. Payton,Esq., President & Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund (1946-2012)

John A. Payton,Esq., President & Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund (1946-2012)

The late John Payton who was until his death President & Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund is to receive an honorary degree from Georgetown University Law Center where he had been an adjunct professor.

Georgetown says it is the first time that an individual has been honored posthumously in more than 25-years.

Payton a Harvard Law graduate is a respected civil rights litigator well-known for arguing a wide array of cases including Gratz v. Bollinger, the landmark affirmative action case in 2003. He argued the case while a partner at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale, and Dorr.

Gay McDougall the former United Nations minority expert will accept the honorary degree on behalf of her late husband. {Courtesy: Georgetown University}

Gay McDougall a former United Nations minority expert will accept the honorary degree on behalf of her late husband. {Courtesy: Georgetown University}

Payton’s degree will be accepted by his wife Gay McDougall also an attorney. McDougall a 1972 graduate of Yale Law School also holds a LLM in public international law from the London School of Economics. She is currently a distinguished scholar in residence at American University’s Washington College of Law.

The degree will be presented at the law center’s commencement on May 20th.

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