What Is Our Legacy? The Black Lawyer's Role in History

May 17, 2022 8 Views

Today’s panel, What is Our Legacy? The Black Lawyer’s Role in History is led by one of the foremost authorities on the history of the black lawyer, Harvard Law School’s David Wilkins, the Lester Kissel Professor of Law and faculty director of the Center on the Legal Profession. He is joined by a rock star panel of legally trained leaders: Chairman of the Board and CEO of Merck & Co., Kenneth C. Frazier who rose to partner at the law firm of Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP before joining Merck & Co. and rising to general counsel and subsequently being promoted to the leadership of Merck & Co. as its Chairman and CEO; President and Direct-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educa­tional Fund (LDF), Sherrilyn Ifill who began her career as Assistant Counsel of LDF before joining the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore and teaching for over 20 years, then rejoining LDF in its top leadership role to guide the direction of the nation’s premier civil rights law organization; and Partner and Co-Chair of the Litigation Department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Theodore V. Wells, Jr., who served as a partner at Lowenstein Sandler LLP before joining Paul Weiss, where his experience with complex litigation and white collar defense makes him one of the nation’s most regarded trial attorneys. This panel explores the backgrounds of the panelists, their mentors and motivation and their desire to make society a better place. This panel also shines an important light on the need for long term preservation of the history of African Ameri­can legal history. The discussion ends with a Q&A session with questions from The HistoryMakers LawMakers Advisory Committee. Be sure to tune into this captivating discussion of race, law and the pursuit of social justice, racial equity and societal advancement and opportunity.

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