Howard University

Archive - Sixth Annual James M. Nabrit Jr. Lecture - March 11, 2009


Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Moot Court Room, Howard University School of Law

RSVP by March 6, 2009
to Jacqueline Young at

Celebrating 140 Years of Commitment to Justice, Leadership, and Service

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Justice Thomas will discuss his recently published book,
“My Grandfather’s Son: A Memoir”

12:00 Noon - Moot Court Room
Clarence Thomas
Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court

Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice, was born in the Pin Point community of Georgia near Savannah June 23, 1948. He married Virginia Lamp in 1987 and has one child, Jamal Adeen, by a previous marriage.

He attended Conception Seminary and received an A.B., cum laude, from Holy Cross College, and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1974. He was admitted to law practice in Missouri in 1974, and served as an Assistant Attorney General of Missouri from 1974–1977, an attorney with the Monsanto Company from 1977–1979, and Legislative Assistant to Senator John Danforth from 1979–1981. From 1981–1982, he served as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, and as Chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from 1982–1990.

He became a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1990. President Bush nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat October 23, 1991.


“Using Keyes to Unlock Opportunities for Rethinking Brown in the 21st Century”

4:00 p.m. - Moot Court Room

Reception to follow in the Dining Hall
Phoebe A. Haddon
Professor of Law,
Temple University Beasley School of Law
James M. Nabrit Jr. Professor of Constitutional Law,
Howard University School of Law

Phoebe A. Haddon graduated from Smith College with Honors in 1972. Before attending Law School at Duquesne University School of Law, she worked for two years as a Field Examiner with the National Labor Relations Board in Cincinnati, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

She was Editor-in-Chief of the Duquesne Law Review and graduated cum laude. After graduating law school, Professor Haddon clerked for the Honorable Joseph F. Weis, Jr., United Sates Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 1977-1979. She then practiced law at the law firm of Wilmer Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C., until she joined the Temple law faculty in Fall 1981.

An author of numerous articles and book chapters, Professor Haddon has also co-authored several editions of two casebooks on Torts and Constitutional Law and is a recognized leader in legal education.

Howard University School of Law
2900 Van Ness Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008

RSVP by March 6, 2009 to Jacqueline Young at

The James M. Nabrit, Jr. Lecture Series is supported by the Howard University School of Law and the international law firm of K&L Gates LLP.

updated: February 25, 2009