Affirmative Action: A Quick Overview

  In 2014, lawyers filed suit to challenge affirmative action.  Specifically, the lawsuit questioned admissions policies at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.  Recently, the suit has been making headlines again. Last month, four former clerks to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas joined the plaintiffs’ team.  At the same time, the […]

The Bill Cosby Verdict: Questions and Answers for the Black Community

On Thursday, Bill Cosby, the once-beloved comedian, actor, philanthropist, and Jell-O spokesman, was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault in Pennsylvania.  Mr. Cosby’s conviction has spurred a wide range of reactions.  Though the trial is over, for some, questions remain.  This post will answer some of the lingering questions. Understanding the Bill Cosby […]

Estate Planning: Why You Need a Will

One of the most sobering facts about life is that every life must end.  Because death is a sad subject, most people avoid thinking about it, much less planning for it.  Depressing though it may be, the failure to prepare for death – known as estate planning – can have disastrous and expensive consequences for […]

50 Years After the Fair Housing Act: What African Americans need to Know

April is Fair Housing Month.  Moreover, this April marks the fiftieth anniversary  of the Fair Housing Act of 1968.   So, this month provides a perfect opportunity to discuss housing discrimination.   This entry will explore the history that led to the Fair Housing Act and explain why the Fair Housing Act still matters.   History […]

Shopping While Black: Your Rights as a Customer

Recently, Philadelphia police officers arrested two Black men in a Starbucks coffee shop.  Their “crime”?  Witnesses report that the men were simply sitting in the shop as they waited for friends.  Starbucks has issued an apology and will be closing its stores to provide anti-bias training.  While Starbucks’ steps are laudable, the issue is much […]

Where are the Black Lawyers?

There are many well-known Black lawyers.  Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Kamala Harris, and Cory Booker are just a few.   But these success stories hide a sobering fact: the number of Black lawyers is quite small.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2017, there were just over 1.1 million attorneys in America.  Of these, […]

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