Criminal justice lawyer Nkechi Taifa is scheduled to receive the prestigious 2014 Wiley A. Branton Award June 18 from the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Northwest D.C.
“It would be difficult to imagine an attorney whose service as a public interest lawyer and educator better exemplifies the exceptional leadership, vision and commitment to justice we associate with Wiley Branton more than Nkechi Taifa,” the committee wrote in its citation to Taifa. “As an inspired and indefatigable leader, she has played a central role in building effective coalitions and contributing greatly to the cause of equal justice in our country.”
Rod Boggs, executive director for the committee, told the AFROthat he has never seen anyone as inspired or passionate as Taifa.
Taifa will share the honor with James J. Sandman, president of the Legal Services Corporation, and former General Counsel of the D.C. Public Schools.
“I am both honored and humbled to be one of the recipients of the Wiley Branton award,” Taifa said. “It is a very prestigious award.”
She said she is glad to be in the company of the award’s other recipients, including Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) and other great legal giants.
Source: AFRO | LaTrina Antoine