Donald M. Lewis, dean of Hamline University School of Law, was recently named one of the most influential black attorneys in the United States by On Being a Black Lawyer (OBABL). Dean Lewis is one of 23 law deans chosen for the organization’s 2013 Power 100 list, a comprehensive catalog of the nation’s most influential black attorneys working in government, academics, and both the public and private sectors.
OBABL’s editorial team, together with a group of advisers, spent months researching prospective candidates. Wanting to be certain that no candidate was overlooked, the selection committee also read trade publications, blogs, and critical reviews. This year’s list marked the second annual Power 100 list; Dean Lewis was also recognized on last year’s inaugural list.
Before joining Hamline as dean and professor of law in 2008, Dean Lewis was a trial lawyer for nearly thirty years. He is also co-founder of the Minneapolis law firm Nilan Johnson Lewis.
Prior to his career in private practice, Dean Lewis served for six years as an assistant U.S. attorney in Minnesota and was a trial attorney in the U.S. Justice Department. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the American Law Institute, and a member of the American Bar Association. He is a co-founder of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers and has served on the Board of Governors of the National Bar Association. Prior to co-founding Nilan Johnson Lewis, he was an attorney at Popham Haik.
The Power 100 honorees will be honored at a cocktail reception at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C., and receive a complimentary copy of OBABL’s Power 100 Special Edition (2013), an over-sized, hardcover coffee table book containing profiles of each of the honorees.
The OBABL organization, founded in 2008 as a news and resource center, has been recognized by the American Bar Association, National Black Law Students Association, and National Association of Black Journalists. According to the American Bar Association, less than 5 percent of U.S. attorneys are African-American, and OBABL seeks to help advance diversity in the legal profession.
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