Here at OBABL, we love perusing The New York Times’ Sunday Weddings & Vows section. In fact, it inspired us to create our own announcement page to celebrate the unions of our readers. (You may submit your engagement or wedding announcement here.)
Have you ever noticed how often black lawyers are featured on The New York Times Weddings page? Well, we have. On any given Sunday, about 5 percent of the couples featured are comprised of a black partner, but easily 50 percent of that blessed 5 will be attorneys. This is quite a skew considering less than 2 percent of African Americans are attorneys! We understand The Times interest in them. Revisiting some of those profiled over the last year or so, we find them to be quite fabulous!
One of our favs was the union of Jennifer Nicole Wynn and Damian Williams. Here is a snippet from their profile, though the paper made a clear oversight in neglecting to mention that Mr. Williams was a Power 100 Honoree.
The bride, 27, is keeping her name. Until last month, she was the dean of students at Achievement First East New York Middle School in Brooklyn. She graduated from Harvard and received a master’s degree in early and middle childhood education from Hunter College…The groom, 31, works in Manhattan as an assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of New York. He graduated from Harvard and received a master’s of philosophy in international relations from Cambridge. He received a law degree from Yale. From 2008 to 2009, he was a clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court.
To celebrate its 25th year of carrying the Weddings & Vows column, The Times revisited some couples profiled in the past. One of which was a feature on Beverly and Ron Riddick. The Times also featured the same-sex marriage announcement for Robyn Mar and Ría Tabacco.
The couple, both 30, met at New York University, from which they received law degrees, Ms. Tabacco cum laude…Ms. Mar (left) is a lawyer in the criminal defense practice of Bronx Defenders, a nonprofit organization that provides free legal representation. She is also responsible for training and supervising new lawyers. She graduated cum laude from Columbia…Ms. Tabacco is an assistant counsel in the economic justice group at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in Manhattan. From 2010 to 2011, she was a law clerk to Judge Marrero. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard.
Heather Thompson and Edward Burke
Ms. Thompson, now 35, who had also attended law school in her native Detroit, then worked with the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso, in West Africa, before her post at the American consulate in Johannesburg. She currently works in Washington for the State Department, focusing on promoting human rights among multilateral organizations in Asia…Mr. Burke, now 43, was born in Ipswich, England. His life, too, involved multiple continents, driven by diplomatic missions before he found a place in Washington working in public affairs for the British Embassy.
Oroma Homa Mpi and Orville St. Christopher Reynolds
The bride, 29, will take her husband’s name. She works in the Bronx as a senior staff lawyer at Legal Services New York City, a provider of legal services to low-income families. She graduated from Yale and received a law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University…The groom, 35, works in the Bronx as an assistant district attorney for the Bronx District Attorney’s Office. He is also an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps for the New York Army National Guard at 42nd Headquarters Battalion in Troy, N.Y. He graduated from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., and received a law degree from Touro College in Central Islip, N.Y.
Heather Cobb and Vincent Benjamin
The bride, 29, and the groom, 30, met at Harvard, from which she received a law degree, and he an M.B.A…Mrs. Benjamin is an associate at the law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York. She graduated from New York University…Mr. Benjamin, known as Vincent, is an institutional salesman at Sanford C. Bernstein & Company, the investment research and management division of Alliance Bernstein in New York. He advises global portfolio managers on European stocks. He graduated from Davidson College.
Erin Bagley and Chris Lai
Mrs. Lai, 29, is a lawyer-adviser in Philadelphia for the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review of the Social Security Administration. She graduated from the University of Richmond and received a law degree from Villanova…Mr. Lai, 34, is a Philadelphia police officer in the 17th District, in South Philadelphia.
Abena Sanders and Alex Horton
Mrs. Horton, 32, is a labor and employment associate at the Atlanta law firm Fisher & Phillips. She graduated from Columbia and received a law degree from Emory University…Mr. Horton, 25, is known as Alex. He is a songwriter and a music producer in Atlanta. He is also a forensic service technician at Georgia Regional Hospital in Atlanta. He graduated from the University of North Florida.
Mercédes McFarland and Thomas Jackson Jr.
Until May, Mrs. Jackson, 32, was a partner in the Chicago law firm Kirkland & Ellis. She graduated from Ohio State and received a law degree from Yale…Mr. Jackson, 31, is a senior scientist working on the research and development of cheese and dairy products at Land O’Lakes, the dairy company, in Arden Hills, Minn. He graduated from the University of Michigan.
Nicole George and Matthew Middleton
Mrs. Middleton, 36, is a vice president for membership at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in Manhattan. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received a law degree from Brooklyn Law School…Mr. Middleton, 42, is a lawyer in private practice in Manhattan focusing on entertainment law. He is the president of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, a nonprofit professional group in Manhattan that offers educational programs and awards scholarships to law students. He graduated from Howard University, from which he also received a law degree.
Stacy Sharpe and Lamont Jones
The bride, 38, is the field vice president, overseeing sales operations in the Fairfax, Va., office of the Allstate Insurance Company, which has its headquarters in Northbrook, Ill. She graduated from the University of Virginia and received an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago…The bridegroom, 43, is the assistant general counsel for the Aspen Institute, the international nonprofit educational organization in Washington. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma and received a law degree from Columbia.
Heather Davis and John Jones II
Ms. Davis, ( a Yale law graduate and) a deputy city attorney for Los Angeles, and Mr. Jones, who then practiced civil litigation and bankruptcy law, met in 2010 through an intermediary, the opposing counsel from a case Ms. Davis had worked on five years earlier, a wrongful-death suit against the city of Los Angeles filed by the family of the slain rapper Notorious B.I.G., a k a Biggie Smalls. The opposing counsel saw Ms. Davis’s profile on Match.com and wrote to ask if she remembered him…Mr. Jones wanted to put the law behind him and pursue a medical degree instead, a big investment for a couple at their ages, especially if they were going to have a family.
Christina White and Johnathan Smith
The bride, 33, is a trial lawyer in the criminal division of the Justice Department in Washington. She graduated magna cum laude from Howard University and received a law degree from Northwestern…The groom, 30, is an assistant counsel specializing in employment and housing-related race discrimination cases for the N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense and Educational Fund in Washington. He graduated cum laude from Harvard, from which he also holds a master’s of education degree. He received a law degree cum laude from New York University.
Narda-Marie Newby and Malik Edwards
The bride, 41, is an in-house counsel at Steptoe & Johnson, the Washington law firm. She graduated from George Washington University and received a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania…The bridegroom, 38, is a trial lawyer at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Maryland in Baltimore. He graduated from Morehouse College and received a law degree from Yale.
Lacey Schwartz, Antonio Delgado
Mrs. Delgado, 34, is the managing director of Truth Aid, an organization in New York that produces films and performs educational outreach on social issues. She is also the director of outreach in the New York office of Be’chol Lashon, an organization that focuses on racial and ethnic diversity among Jews. She graduated from Georgetown University…Mr. Delgado, also 34, is an associate in the New York office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, the Dallas law firm. From 2005 to 2009, he was a hip-hop performer and a chief executive of Statik Entertainment, a Los Angeles music production company. He graduated from Colgate University and received a master’s degree in philosophy and political science from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Lauren Thompson and Geoffrey Starks
The couple met at Yale while the bridegroom was attending law school and the bride, a Yale graduate, was working as a Woodbridge fellow…Mrs. Starks, 28, is an associate in the Washington office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, a law firm in Kansas City, Mo. She received a law degree from Columbia…Mr. Starks, 31, is an associate at Williams & Connolly, the Washington law firm. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard.
Andrea Myers and Ejim Achi
Mrs. Achi, 26, is studying for a master’s in art history and archaeology, focusing on the art and archaeology of early Christian and Byzantine Egypt, at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, which is in New York…Mr. Achi, 28, is to become a first-year student in the M.B.A. program at Yale later this week. Until May, he was an associate at the New York law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett…He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received a law degree and a certificate in business and public policy from Penn.
Vanessa Mendoza and Brandon Johnson
The couple, both 24, met at Yale, from which they graduated…Ms. Mendoza will keep her name. Until last month, she was an architectural designer at the New York architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. In September, she is to start studying for an M.B.A. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology…In September, the bridegroom is to start his third year at Harvard Law School. Until recently, he was a summer associate at two New York law firms, having worked at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett until early July and Debevoise & Plimpton until late July.
Adiya Dixon and Erin Wiggins
The bride, 32, and the bridegroom, 28, met at Columbia, from which they received law degrees…She is an associate specializing in corporate transactional law at the New York law firm Debevoise & Plimpton. She graduated from Yale…The bridegroom is an associate specializing in intellectual property litigation at the New York law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University, from which he also received a master’s in bioethics.
RyAnn McKay and Richard Hooper
Mrs. Hooper, 32, is a legal counsel for the National Labor Relations Board in Washington. She graduated from the University of Michigan and received a law degree from Vanderbilt…Mr. Hooper, 35, is a vice president for corporate finance advisory services, covering technology clients, in Manhattan, with the investment banking unit of Barclays, the British bank. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received an M.B.A. from Duke.
Angela Hurdle and AdeRotimi Sijuwade
Mrs. Sijuwade, 32, was until last month an associate at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, the Los Angeles law firm. She worked in the Manhattan office, in the advertising and marketing group. Next month, she is to become an associate counsel at Estée Lauder in New York. She graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin and received a law degree from New York University…Mr. Sijuwade, 33, a certified public accountant, is a senior tax manager at GE Capital, the financial services arm of General Electric. He works in Norwalk, Conn. He graduated from New York University.
Ehi Oviasu and Daniel Kahn
The bride and bridegroom, both 27, met at Columbia University, from which the bride graduated and also received a law degree, and the bridegroom received a law degree…Mrs. Oviasu-Kahn works in New York as a legal adviser at the Nigerian Mission to the United Nations…Mr. Kahn is an associate in the New York law office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, the San Francisco law firm. He graduated from Harvard and received a law degree from Columbia.
Dawn Zimniak and Jibril Jackson
The bride, 29, who is taking her husband’s name, is a model in New York for Ford Models. She is also a residential real estate agent for Esra Realty in New York. She graduated from Columbia…The bridegroom, 30, is an investment banking associate in the global banking division of Citigroup in New York. He graduated from Morehouse College and received a law degree from Stanford.
JoAnne Pitter and Akinyemi Akiwowo
Mrs. Akiwowo, 28, works in Stamford, Conn., as a sales associate focusing on treasury bonds for the investment banking unit of UBS, the Swiss bank. She graduated from Hofstra…Mr. Akiwowo, 31, is an associate focusing on commercial litigation at Genova, Burns & Giantomasi, a Newark law firm. He graduated from Loyola University Maryland and received a law degree from Seton Hall.
Maria Wing and Albert Motley
The bride, 32, is keeping her name. She is a senior associate at Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, a Philadelphia law firm. She graduated from Yale and received a law degree from Tulane…The bridegroom, 34, is the assistant director of information technology for Mastery Charter Schools in Philadelphia.
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