African American Lawyers

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African American Lawyers
Of present day history.

Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. was an African American lawyer best known for his leadership role in the defense and criminal acquittal of O. J. Simpson for the murder of his ex wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. Cochran also represented Sean Combs, Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Todd Bridges, Jim Brown, Snoop Dogg, former heavyweight Champion Riddick Bowe, 1992 Los Angeles riot beating victim Reginald Oliver Denny, and Geronimo Pratt. He also represented athlete Marion Jones when she faced charges of doping during her high school track career. Cochran was known for his skill in the courtroom and his prominence as an early advocate for victims of police brutality. [pic]

Jock Smith, Born in New York City, Smith graduated from Tuskegee University with high honors in 1970 and earned his law degree from the University of Notre Dame School of Law in 1973. While a law student, Smith founded the Black American Law Students' Association chapter at Notre Dame's Law School, and became its chairman. Smith earned his J.D. degree on May 20, 1973. After graduation, Mr. Smith worked as a legal advisor for the NAACP in Broome County, NY and Professor of Afro-American Studies, teaching a course entitled "American Law and Racism" at the New York State University at Binghamton. [pic]

Willie E. Gary earned his reputation as “The Giant Killer” by taking down some of America’s most well-known corporate giants on behalf of his clients. He has won some of the largest jury awards and settlements in U.S. history, including more than 150 cases valued in excess of $1 million each. Gary’s amazing success has earned him national recognition as a leading trial attorney. [pic]

Thurgood Marshall, before becoming a judge, Marshall 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. He argued more cases before the United States...
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