Past Event

Past event held: September 1618, 2005

Black Alumni Celebration
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Grand Opening Celebration

Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice
Harvard Law School

Registration & Continental Breakfast

Film Screening
"The Road to Brown"

Musical Selection: The Black National Anthem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing"
Larry Watson, Associate Professor, Berklee College of Music

Welcome & Introduction
Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. '78, Jesse Climenko Professor of Law; Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice

Remarks
Elena Kagan '86, Dean and Charles Hamilton Houston Professor of Law

Remarks
Kurt L. Schmoke, Dean, Howard University School of Law

Remarks
Lawrence Summers, President, Harvard University

Presentation: "Charles Hamilton Houston: Way Outside the Box"
John Payton, Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP

Panel I: "Charles Hamilton Houston: The Family Perspective"

  • Charles Hamilton Houston, Jr.
  • Charles Hamilton Houston III
  • Dr. Caron Houston
  • Thurgood Marshall, Jr. (invited)
  • Karen Hastie Williams

Panel II: "Charles Hamilton Houston as a Student, Lawyer & Activist"

  • Professor Daniel Robert Coquillette, Harvard Law School
  • Professor Genna Rae McNeil, University of North Carolina
  • Professor Mark Tushnet, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Moderator: Professor Robert A. Gross, University of Connecticut

Panel III: "What the Brown Lawyers Learned from Houston"

  • Judge Robert L. Carter, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • William T. Coleman, Jr., Senior Partner and The Senior Counselor, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Professor Jack Greenberg, Columbia Law School
  • Oliver W. Hill
  • Judge Constance Baker Motley, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • Judge Louis H. Pollak, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Remarks
Justice Stephen Breyer, United States Supreme Court

Panel IV: "The Harvard/Howard Connection"

  • Dr. Walter J. Leonard, Founding Chairman, W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University
  • Dean Kurt L. Schmoke, Howard University School of Law

Presentation: "Rethinking the Origins of the Civil Rights Lawyer and the Significance of Brown"

  • Professor Kenneth Mack, Harvard Law School
  • John Payton, Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP
  • Glenn C. Loury, Respondent: Professor, Boston University

Presentation: "Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice: Our Mission"
Professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. '78

Musical Selection
Larry Watson, Associate Professor, Berklee College of Music

Keynote Address: "Social Engineers & Parasites"
Dr. Cornel West, University Professor of Religion, Princeton University

Public Reception

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A CELEBRATION OF BLACK ALUMNI begins

Continental Breakfast

Welcome

  • Neil Brown '78/'79, Co-chair, A Celebration of Black Alumni
  • Elizabeth S. Stong '82, President, Harvard Law School Association

Plenary Session: "A Global Commitment: The Power and Influence of HLS Alumni"

  • David L. Lammy '97, Member of Parliament, Minister for Culture-UK Government
  • Raymond J. McGuire '83, Co-Head Global Investment Banking, Citigroup
  • David A. Thomas, H. Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration, Harvard University Graduate School of Business
  • Deborah C. Wright '84, Chairman­President & CEO, Carver Bank Corp., Inc.
  • Moderator: Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., '78, Harvard Law School, Jesse Climenko Professor of Law & Executive Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice 

Patrons Luncheon

Sharon E. Jones '82, Co-chair, A Celebration of Black Alumni

Tribute to Hon. George N. Leighton '43 ('46)
David B.Wilkins '80, Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law; Director, Program on the Legal Profession; Director, Center on Lawyers and the Professional Services Industry, Harvard Law School

Remarks
Hon. George N. Leighton '43 ('46), Neal & Leroy, of Counsel, Former US District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois

Introduction of Lawrence H. Summers, 27th President of Harvard University
Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. '78, Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Founding and Executive Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard Law School

Keynote Address
Lawrence H. Summers, Ph.D. 1982, President, Harvard University

Concurrent Sessions:

"Promises to Keep: Serving the Public Interest"

  • Jacqueline A. Berrien '86, Associate Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.
  • Valerie D. Bell, '82, Pro Bono Attorney & Consultant, various not-for-profit organizations & initiatives
  • Wilma A. Lewis '81, Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP
  • Julieanna L. Richardson '80, Founder and Executive Director, The HistoryMakers
  • Moderator: Stephanie K. Bell-Rose '84, President, The Goldman Sachs Foundation

"Outside the Box: Transitioning from Legal to Non-Legal Careers"

  • Jon E. Barfield '77, Chairman and President, The Bartech Group, Inc.
  • Steven B. McKeever '85, Founder & CEO, Hidden Beach Recordings
  • Don A. Mizell '75, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Champion Arts/DMA, Inc.
  • Franklin D. Raines '76, Co-founder, Revolution Health Group, Washington, D.C.
  • Corliss C. Stone-Littles '82, Founder & CEO of ARP Consulting LLC
  • Malcolm K. Turner '99, Executive Management Team, OnSport
  • Moderator: Voltaire Sterling '05, Associate, Loeb & Loeb LLP, 1st Class Marshal (Class Speaker) & Class Secretary, Class of 2005 

"The Cutting Edge: Challenges and Opportunities Confronting the Fortune 500 General Counsel" (CLE Credit)

  • James Potter '82, General Counsel & Secretary, Del Monte Foods
  • Deirdre Stanley '89, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, The Thomson Corporation
  • Solomon B. Watson IV, '71, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, The New York Times Company
  • Andrea L. Zopp '81, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Sears Holdings Corporation
  • Moderator: W. Randy Eaddy '79, Partner, Corporate Department, Kilpatrick Stockton LLP

"Closing the Achievement Gap: Fulfilling the Promise of Brown" (CLE Credit)

  • Carl G. Cooper '77, Chief Diversity Officer, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham, LLP
  • Tiffany M. Cooper, Chief Program Officer, BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)
  • Ronald F. Ferguson Ph.D., Lecturer in Public Policy and Senior Research Associate, Weiner Center for Social Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Lisbeth B. Schorr, Director, Project on Effective Interventions, Harvard University
  • Moderator: Charles J. Olgetree, Jr.'78, Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Founding & Executive Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard Law School 

Plenary Session: HLS Literati, A Panel Discussion with HLS Authors
(including book signing)

  • Keith O. Boykin '92, Author & President of the Board, National Black Justice Coalition
  • Charisse A. Carney-Nunes '92, Author and Assistant General Counsel, National Science Foundation
  • Vaughn A. Carney '71, Author and Chief Counsel, Bombardier Structured Finance
  • Sheryll D. Cashin '89, Author and Professor of Law, Georgetown University
  • Debra J. Dickerson '95, Author and National Correspondent Salon
  • Annette Gordon-Reed '84, Author and Professor of Law, New York Law School
  • Tracy Richelle High '99, Associate, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  • Millicent Y. Hodge '87, Author and Former U.S. Presidential Appointee
  • Helen E. Lee '85, Author and Associate Professor of Fiction Writing, Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, MIT
  • Kieran Batts Morrow '99, Author and Associate, Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., Author and Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Founding & Executive Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, Harvard Law School
  • Henry Sanders '78, Author and Partner, Chestnut Sanders Sanders & Pettaway; Member, Alabama State Senate
  • Moderator: Kenneth W. Mack '91, Author and Assistant Professor of Law, Harvard Law School 

Celebration Reception: Food, Drink, Entertainment & Dancing
Entertainment provided by Michael Phillips, GDO Soul Band with Greg Denard

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A CELEBRATION OF BLACK ALUMNI continues

Breakfast Discussion: "The Black Alumni Network"
Sharon E. Jones '82, Neil Brown '78/'79, Co-chairs, A Celebration of Black Alumni

A Conversation with Dean Elena Kagan '86

Plenary Session: "Lawyers as Leaders: Charting the Course of Corporate America"

  • Lloyd C. Blankfein '78, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
  • Anthony R. Chase '81, Chairman & CEO, ChaseCom LP
  • Debra L. Lee '80, President & Chief Executive Officer, BET
  • Adebayo O. Ogunlesi '79, Executive Vice Chairman & Chief Client Officer, Credit Suisse First Boston
  • Clarence Otis, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Darden Restaurants Inc.
  • Moderator: David B. Wilkins '80, Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law; Director, Program on the Legal Profession; Director, Center on Lawyers and the Professional Services Industry, Harvard Law School

Harvard Law School Association Award Luncheon: Celebrating the Achievements of Black Alumni

Welcome
Neil Brown '78/'79, Co-chair, A Celebration of Black Alumni

Greetings from the HLSA
Elizabeth S. Stong '82, President, Harvard Law School Association
Reflections
Peter C.B. Bynoe '76, Senior Partner, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP

Presentation of Harvard Law School Association Award
Elena Kagan '86, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Charles Hamilton Houston Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Remarks
Hon. Barack H. Obama '91, United States Senator for Illinois (story)

Black Alumni Photograph: "Another Great Day at Harvard Law School"

Concurrent Sessions:

"International Human Rights: Championing the Cause" (CLE Credit)

  • Arlene S. Brock '91, National Ombudsman of Bermuda 
  • Gay J. McDougall, Executive Director, Global Rights
  • Moderator: Hope Lewis '86, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, Northeastern University School of Law

"The Beltway and Beyond: Breaking the Glass Ceiling of American Politics"

  • Leecia R. Eve '90, National Advisor for Election Reform, American Democracy Institute and Candidate, New York State Lieutenant Governor (2006)
  • James E. Johnson '86, Litigation Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Under Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement (1998-2000)
  • David L. Lammy '97, Member of Parliament, Minister for Culture-UK Government
  • Deval L. Patrick '82, Democratic Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts
  • Bruce Spiva '92, Partner, Tycko, Zavareei & Spiva LLP & Vice Chair, DC Vote
  • Moderator: Nancy McCullough '92, Principal, Law Offices of Nancy McCullough 

"The 'Real Deal': Strategies to Survive and Thrive in Large Law Firms" (CLE Credit)

  • Kenneth C. Frazier '78, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Elaine Johnson James '82, Partner, Edwards & Angell, LLP
  • N. Neville Reid '87, Partner, Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP
  • Theodore V. Wells, Jr. '76, Co-Chair Litigation Department, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Rowan D. Wilson '84, Partner, Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP
  • Moderator: Sharon E. Jones '82, President, Jones Diversity Group LLC 

"Promises to Keep: Shaping Our Image in Music, Film & Sports"

  • Debra Martin Chase '81, President & CEO, Martin Chase Productions
  • Frank Cooper III, '90, Vice President, Promotions, Interactive, & Entertainment Marketing, Pepsi-Cola North America
  • Robert J. Gerrard, Jr. '77, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Scripps Network
  • Douglas I. McHenry '77, CEO & Partner, Producer, Elephant Walk Productions
  • Kelvin R. Westbrook '82, President & CEO, Millennium Digital Media
  • Moderator: Lisa Jones Johnson '82, Executive Vice President, Development & Operations, Western International Syndication

Plenary Session: "Harvard Law School Today: The Student Perspective"

  • Heather Cannady '07
  • Byron J. McLain '06
  • Mandisa S. Price '06
  • Louis Sterling '06
  • Delisle G. St. Claire Warden '06
  • Moderator: Walter J.T. Mosley '05, Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Damon J. Keith, US Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit Sponsored by the HLS Black Law Student Association

Celebration Dinner & Medal of Freedom Presentation

Dinner

Greetings
Sharon E. Jones, '82
Co-chair, A Celebration of Black Alumni

Invocation
Reverend LeRoy Attles, St. Paul AME, Cambridge, MA

"The HistoryMakers"
Julieanna Richardson '80, Founder and Director, TheHistoryMakers

Reflections
David B. Wilkins '80, Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law; Director, Program on the Legal Profession; Director, Center on Lawyers and the Professional Services Industry, Harvard Law School

Address
Randall M. Robinson '70, Social Justice Advocate and Author

The Black National Anthem
Lawrence Watson, Vocalist, Save Ourselves Productions

After-dinner drinks, dessert and entertainment

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A CELEBRATION OF BLACK ALUMNI concludes

Celebration attendees are welcome at the following worship services: 

St. Paul AME Church, 85 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge
The Memorial Church, Harvard Yard

Family Gospel Brunch and Closing Remarks—Children Welcome!

Gospel Performers: The South Central Mass Choir

Invocation
Minister Darryll M. Maston, International Churches of Christ

Closing Remarks
Sharon E. Jones '82, Neil Brown '78/'79
Co-chairs, A Celebration of Black Alumni

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