Each year Law360 hosts a Minority Powerbrokers Q&A series, focusing on racial and ethnic diversity in the legal industry. This special edition provides minority attorneys the opportunity to speak out on a range of topics including challenges they've faced, advice for other lawyers of color and thoughts behind increasing diversity in the industry. This year, Partner Debo Adegbile participated in the Q&A.
Adegbile, considered one of the most preeminent civil rights lawyers of his generation, most recently served as senior counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee and acting president and director-counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc. (LDF). He spent more than a decade working for LDF, rising quickly and eventually leading the premier civil rights law firm at the forefront of constitutional litigation. In 2007 he became the director of litigation and supervised a broad range of complex civil and criminal cases in trial and appellate courts, including the Supreme Court, and served as the final decision-maker for key strategic litigation decisions. He has experience in appellate, government-facing litigation and strategic counseling in high-stakes cases, internal civil rights investigations and commercial litigation.
Read Adegbile's Q&A, published on November 5, 2014.