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Dean Lewis named one of nation's most influential black attorneys


Donald M. Lewis, dean of the Hamline University School of Law, was recently named one of the 100 most influential black attorneys in the United States by On Being a Black Lawyer (OBABL). Dean Lewis will be featured in OBABL’s publication, “The Power 100 Special Edition” in honor of Black History Month.

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.

OBABL’s editorial team, together with a group of advisers, spent months researching prospective candidates. The selection committee read trade publications, blogs, and critical reviews. The 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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On Being a Black Lawyer: The Power 100 Special Edition