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HBA-DC Expresses Condolences to Family of NAACP Legal Defenser and Educational Fund President

Saturday, March 24, 2012  


HBA-DC mourns the loss of John A. Payton, who passed away on Thursday. The HBA-DC community had great respect for Mr. Payton, who was an ally in the fight for equal justice and civil rights. Mr. Payton was a pillar in the DC legal community, having served as President of the DC Bar, Corporation Counsel for the District of Columbia and a partner in WilmerHale's DC office. While at Wilmer, he acted as lead counsel for the University of Michigan in Grutter v. Bollinger. He went on to guide the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund to several major victories before the Supreme Court. Our sincere condolences go out to his family.

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