University of Michigan Law School
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Name Nabrit, James M. Jr.
City Washington
State DC
Role(s) Attorney
Race African-American
Gender M
Biographical
James Nabrit, Jr., was one of the leading civil rights lawyers of his generation, contributing to many of the most important civil rights cases in the 1940s and 1950s. A graduate of Morehouse College (1923) and Northwestern University Law School, he joined Howard's law faculty in 1936 and two years ... read more
James Nabrit, Jr., was one of the leading civil rights lawyers of his generation, contributing to many of the most important civil rights cases in the 1940s and 1950s. A graduate of Morehouse College (1923) and Northwestern University Law School, he joined Howard's law faculty in 1936 and two years later taught what became recognized as the first formal civil rights law course at any law school.

In the 1940s and in the early 1950s Nabrit handled a number of civil rights cases for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, working closely with Charles Hamilton Houston and Thurgood Marshall and others. He was one of the lead counsel on the DC case of Bolling v. Sharpe, decided in the Supreme Court along with Brown v. Board of Education.

Nabrit served as dean of the Howard University School of Law from 1958 to 1960. He then was chosen as Howard University's president, a position he held from 1960 to 1965 and again from 1968 to 1969. In 1966 Nabrit represented the United States as deputy ambassador to the United Nations.

Nabrit was born in Georgia on September 7, 1900, and died in Washington, D.C on December 27, 1997. He was married and had one son, James M. Nabrit III, who became a leading civil rights lawyer in his own right.
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Case(s) SD-KS-0001 : Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka


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