Columbia Law School Professors, Alumni Named to List of Most Influential Black Attorneys in the U.S

New York, Feb. 15, 2012—Columbia Law School faculty and graduates have been named to a list of the 100 most influential African-American attorneys in the United States, selected by the media company, On Being a Black Lawyer (OBABL).

OBABL published its "Power 100" today in honor of Black History Month. Columbia Law School honorees include two high-ranking public servants, three law school deans, two “pipeline builders,” one “public intellectual,” and one young scholar “to watch.”
The list, in alphabetical order:

Penelope Andrews ’84 LL.M.

Chair, AALS Minority Groups
Associate Dean and Professor of Law.
The City University of New York School of Law

Leonard M. Baynes ’82

Professor of Law and Director of the Ronald H. Brown
Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development
St. John's University School of Law

Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw
Professor of Law and director, Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies
Columbia Law School

Jamal Green
Associate Professor of Law
Columbia Law School

Eric H. Holder, Jr. ’76
Attorney General of the United States
Department of Justice

George R. Johnson Jr. ’76

Dean and Professor of Law
Elon University School of Law

Jeh C. Johnson ’82

General Counsel
Department of Defense

Camille A. Nelson ’00 LL.M.
Dean and Professor of Law
Suffolk University Law School

Frederic White ’73
Dean and Professor of Law
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law

According to OBABL, its editorial team, together with a group of advisers, spent months researching prospective candidates. The selection committee read trade publications, blogs, and critical reviews. A portion of the candidates had appeared on past lists of influential lawyers. For this group, the committee considered whether the candidate's influence and relevance had increased since the time he or she was last honored. In addition to naming the 100 most influential black attorneys, the committee also included profiles of 10 up and coming black attorneys.

Honorees will be toasted at a cocktail reception at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 29, 2012. Michelle Miller, CBS News correspondent, will serve as Mistress of Ceremony.