Judges, lawyers honored at Black History Month reception

The Westchester Black Bar Association will honor the lead attorney in the historic Brown v. Board of Education case tonight at Yvonne’s House of Soul Restaurant in Mount Vernon.

Robert L. Carter, (pictured, right) who died January 3 at 94 years old, was lead counsel in the historic desegregation case and a leader in the campaign against Jim Crow Laws across the country. He later became senior  judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Others being honored at the reception will be Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau; Seymour W. James, Jr., a top attorney at the Legal Aid Society in New York City and the incoming president of the New York State Bar Association; attorney Theodore M. Shaw, the former president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; attorney Barry A. Cozier, a former associate appellate judge; Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Fern A. Fisher, a former deputy director of Harlem Legal Services; and attorney Theodore V. Wells,  who the National Law Journal named as one of “The Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers” in 2010.

Tickets for tonight’s reception are available at http://wbbablackhistory.eventbrite.com

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.