STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS: THE BLACK PHILADELPHIA LAWYER
October 26, 2018 @ 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM$125 – $250
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This CLE, a historic first hosted by Tucker Law Group, will explore the audacity, achievements, contributions and challenges of Black lawyers in Philadelphia from 1847 to 2018. It will survey early pioneers in the profession; racial discrimination in bar admissions; practicing law in black and white firms; how race matters at various stages in the civil and criminal litigation process; the role of black lawyers in the struggle for civil rights; and contemporary challenges facing Black lawyers in an era of legal, political and social retrenchment. The program materials will include a comprehensive chronology, detailed bibliography, articles, rare photographs and historical documents that chronicle the 170-year odyssey of the Black Philadelphia Lawyer.
* George B. Vashon, the father of Black Pennsylvania lawyers, who had the audacity to apply for membership to the Allegheny County Bar in 1847, at a time when slavery was legal and there were 3,900,000 slaves in the United States. Nolan N. Atkinson, his great grandson will make a presentation on this pioneer.
* Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, one of the most accomplished lawyers and intellectuals, of any generation, gender or race, in the United States. The daughter and granddaughter of pioneering Black Philadelphia lawyers, she was the first Black woman to receive a Ph.D. in Economics, serve on the law review and graduate from the law school at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Alexander was the first Black woman to be admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, serve as assistant city solicitor and to serve on a national presidential commission. Judge Jacqueline F. Allen will review her many contributions and legacy in a session called “Sadie and Her Sisters.”
* Norris, Schmidt, Green, Harris, Higginbotham and Brown, an early Black firm that had some of the greatest legal minds, of any race, in the country. Members of that firm became federal and state court judges, successful practicing lawyers and prominent civic and political leaders. William H. Brown, III one of the early partners in the firm will be present to give some historical perspectives.
* Cecil B. Moore, the brilliant, often irreverent and combative trial lawyer and civil rights leader who helped to ignite the modern civil rights movement in Philadelphia that, among other advancements, led to the integration of Girard College. David C. Williams, the incoming president of the Barristers’ Association will lead a discussion entitled “Cecil Moore Was More Than an Avenue.”
Wadud Ahmad, Judge Jacqueline Allen, Robert Archie, Nolan Atkinson, Danielle Banks, William H. Brown, III, Michael Coard, Kristen Gibbons Feden, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Ronald Harper, Richard Harris, Alycia Horn, Bacardi L. Jackson, Judge Darnell C. Jones, Charisse R. Lillie, Kevin Mincey, Kenneth Murphy, Aaron Porter, Marcel Pratt, Amber Racine, Leigh Skipper, Denise J. Smyler, Jill Huntley Taylor, David Williams
This CLE is proudly co-sponsored by the Barristers and the NBA Women Lawyers Division