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Thurgood Marshall Bar Association

The Thurgood Marshall Bar Association recently qualified as an OCBA affiliate. Their 2014 officers are:

  • President: Marion Wheeler, Jr.
  • President-Elect: Carolyn Carlisle
  • Vice President: Hon. Daphne S. Scott
  • Secretary & Treasurer: Michael Gregg

The Thurgood Marshall Bar Association is committed to diversity, professional improvement, and the advancement of justice through positive community involvement and excellence in the practice of law. Please click here to read more about the association.

When America’s founding fathers, in our Declaration of Independence, wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” they probably did not fully grasp the challenges such a direct philosophic statement would face for hundreds of years thereafter, and continuing.

Despite the founders’ inability to predict the future, the expressed but then-untested concept of equality also fostered social and legal systems to review, evaluate, and rule on the question of exactly what “equality” means.

Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall—following a pathway hewed out by abolitionist Frederick Douglass, slave-rebel Nat Turner, Underground Railroad currier Harriet Tubman, AME Church Founder Richard Allen, slave-freer John Brown, emancipationist Abraham Lincoln, and civil rights preacher Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to name a few—put democratic ideas to legal tests, and won! As lead counsel in the almost sixty-year-old case of Brown v. Board of Education, Mr. Marshall convinced the U.S. Supreme Court to vote unanimously that segregation in public schools on the basis of race is “inherently unequal.”

Thurgood Marshall Bar Association stands for what Justice Marshall stood and successfully fought for: Equality amongst lawyers, judges, educators, other legal professionals, and Americans in general, with no detrimental, only respectful, notice of differences in national origin, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, etc. Also, reflecting Justice Marshall’s professional successes as both a lawyer and judicial officer, we promote high professionalism and competence.

Please note that on May 17, 2014, Thurgood Marshall Bar Association will partner with Chapman University to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board: registration 5:00 p.m.; dinner 5:30 p.m.; program 6:30 p.m. Panel speakers include The Honorable Frederick P. Aguirre, Orange County Superior Court; Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, UC Irvine School of Law; and Charles Ogletree, Professor, Harvard Law School. Register online at

Come. Join us. Help us make, and keep, everyone equal and excellent—the American Dream!

For more information, visit our website at

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