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Archer, Dennis W. worked as a trial lawyer for several Detroit firms. He served an eight-year term as mayor of Detroit. He was the first African American elected president of the 400,000-member American Bar Association.

Barner, Sharon secured a $154 million patent damage award for Hughes Aircraft Co. from the United States for infringement of satellite-stabilizing technology. Her first love was science so as an intellectual property attorney, Barner is able to work in the two disciplines she loves.

Battle, Michael A. is a U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York. In 2002, Battle prosecuted the Lackawanna Six, alleged members of a terrorist sleeper cell who were trained in an Afghanistan camp connected to Al Qaeda.

Batts, Alicia J. handles antitrust issues and other matters surrounding unfair trade practices in the automotive, aeronautics, pharmaceutical, financial, and energy industries.

Cannon Jr, James W. is a former air defense artillery officer in the U.S. Army. He deals with patent and copyright infringement and trade secret theft. Cannon was involved in several landmark patent infringement suits: Rambus v. Infineon and Micron v. Rambus, a $300 million patent infringement action and a $50 million trade secret theft case on behalf of semiconductors and integrated electronic systems manufacturers.

Eaves, Angela became the first African-American and first woman to fill the post of Circuit Court judge in Hartford County (MD) in 2007.

Gregory, Roger is a U.S. Circuit State Judge for the 4th circuit State of Appeals.

Griffen, Wendell L. (b. September 23, 1952) – joined the Little Rock law firm of Wright, Lindsey & Jennings, becoming the first lawyer of color to join a major Arkansas law firm. He was admitted to the partnership in January 1984, becoming the first lawyer of color admitted to the partnership of a major Arkansas law firm. He was the Chairman of the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission. He served on the Court of Appeals in December 1995.

Marshall, Thurgood (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993) – was an American jurist and the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. Before becoming a judge, he was a lawyer who was best remembered for his high success rate in arguing before the Supreme Court and for the victory in Brown v. Board of Education.

Pratt, A. Michael became the third African-American to hold the position of chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2007.

Slaughter-Harvey, Constance was the first African-American woman to graduate from Ole Miss Law Scchool. She is a former Mississippi Assistant Secretary of State.

Written by Symphony

December 1, 2007 at 5:45 am

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