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Prof. Brittain to be Honored by Mississippi Center for Justice
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6/30/2015
When: Tuesday, June 30
6:30 PM
Where: Mayflower Renaissance Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20010
United States
Presenter: Mississippi Center for Justice

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2015 Mississippi on the Potomac

 

(from the Mississippi Center for Justice invitation) 

 

Join us at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, as we honor John C. Brittain, one of America’s leading civil rights champions. 
 
John C. Brittain has devoted his career to the struggle for civil and human rights for nearly 50 years. In 1969, upon graduation from Howard University School of Law, John and his young wife Sondra drove to what Brittain called the heart of the civil rights problem: Mississippi. In the Mississippi Delta, he litigated some of the first school desegregation cases with the North Mississippi Rural Legal Services Program in Oxford, and later with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Jackson. Brittain's litigation record includes voting rights cases like the landmark decision, Hamer vs. Sunflower County; defense of black separatists (Republic of New Africa) on murder charges; and many other cases to challenge the oppression of Mississippi’s communities of color.
 
Over the years, he has participated in almost a dozen United States Supreme Court cases. As Chief Counsel and Senior Deputy Director of the Lawyers’ Committee, Brittain oversaw Hurricane Katrina recovery advocacy, voting rights initiatives, and Historical Black Colleges and Universities funding litigation, among many other areas.
 
Brittain’s passion for civil and human rights has inspired thousands of students during his career in legal education, including service as Dean of the Thurgood Marshall Law School at Texas Southern University in Houston; as a Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law; and currently as a Professor at the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC).
 
In addition to his accomplishments as a litigator and teacher, Brittain has devoted much of his time to public service. He has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the ACLU, as president of the National Lawyers’ Guild, and as an international human rights investigator and monitor in societies in crisis, including the Middle East, Northern Ireland, Haiti, and Nicaragua, among others. In 1993, the NAACP awarded John C. Brittain the prestigious William Robert Ming Advocacy Award for legal service to the NAACP, and in 2014 the Lawyers’ Committee awarded him the Edwin D. Wolf public interest lawyer award.

 

It is indeed an honor to recognize the lifetime achievements of the Mississippi Center for Justice’s great colleague and friend, John C. Brittain.

 
The 2015 Mississippi on the Potomac Reception generates critically needed funds to support the work of the Mississippi Center for Justice, and to recognize and celebrate our Washington-area partners and friends who have for over a decade stood with us in our efforts to promote racial and economic justice for all Mississippians.
 
Visit the Center's website for more information about event attendance and sponsorships.
 
Photo: 2015 Mississippi on the Potomac honoree John C. Brittain

 

Past Recipients: 

2005 Congressman Bennie Thompson
2006 David Stern, Stern Family Fund and Equal Justice Works
2007 Congressman John Lewis
2008 Congressman Barney Frank
2009 Congressman James Clyburn
2010 David Boies
2011 Bill Coleman
2012 Stephen J. Pollak
2013 Judge James Robertson
2014 Marian Wright Edelman and Peter Edelman


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