Two African Americans From the Academic World Are Named Among the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America

The National Law Journal recently published its list of the 100 most influential lawyers in America. Among the group are such well-known attorneys as David Boies, Ted Olsen, Laurence H. Tribe, and Kathleen Sullivan.

But four African Americans also made the list including two from the academic world. Among the 100 most influential lawyers in America, according to The National Law Journal, are Randall Kennedy, author and legal scholar at Harvard Law School, and Christopher Edley Jr., dean of the Boalt Hall law school at the University of California at Berkeley. Before accepting the position as dean, Edley taught at Harvard Law School for 23 years.

Also among the 100 most influential lawyers in America, according to The National Law Journal, are two other African Americans: Stacey J. Mobley, a senior vice president at E.I. du Pont de Nemours in Wilmington, Delaware, and Theodore V. Wells Jr. of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York. Wells has defended high-profile business and political clients in criminal cases.

Also among the most influential lawyers is Morris S. Dees Jr., founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Dees, who is white, has been highly successful in identifying and prosecuting hate groups.