John Payton
John Payton
John A. Payton is a well-known African-American civil rights attorney. In 2008, Payton was appointed the sixth president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Prior to this, he was a Partner at the law firm Wilmer Hale for twenty years.
Biography
John Payton's personal information overview.
{{personal_detail.supertitle}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
Relationships
View family, career and love interests for John Payton
Show More Show Less
News
News abour John Payton from around the web
John Payton, 'Champion of Equality,' Remembered
The Blog of Legal Times - almost 5 years
To attempt to summarize the accomplishments of the late John Payton, former president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, would be like using a thimble to "try to empty an ocean," Vernon Jordan Jr., a senior member of the LDF board, said this afternoon at a memorial in Payton's honor. Jordan was among approximately 1,000 colleagues, friends, family and other mourners who filled a ballroom at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center today to honor Payton, 65, who died March 22 of a brief illness. Speakers heralded Payton's triumphs in court, his commitment to social justice and equality around the world, and the influence he had on hundreds of attorneys over more than three decades as a mentor. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. recalled meeting Payton shortly after the two had graduated from law school in the late 1970s. It was obvious that Payton, who earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1977, “had big plans, bold ideas and limitless ...
Article Link:
The Blog of Legal Times article
John Payton, Influential Civil Rights Lawyer, Dies at 65
NYTimes - almost 5 years
President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund since 2008, Mr. Payton guided it to several major victories before the United States Supreme Court.
Article Link:
NYTimes article
NAACP legal defense fund chief John Payton dies at 65
Star Telegram- blogs - almost 5 years
President Barack Obama calls him "a true champion of equality."
Article Link:
Star Telegram- blogs article
NAACP's John Payton, 65, used legal skills to champion equality
Denver Post - almost 5 years
John Payton, 65, a lawyer and civil rights advocate who argued cases before the Supreme Court involving discrimination in the workplace and the rights of universities to include race as a factor in admissions, died Thursday at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Article Link:
Denver Post article
John Payton, Influential Civil Rights Lawyer, Dies at 65
NYTimes - almost 5 years
President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund since 2008, Mr. Payton guided it to several major victories before the United States Supreme Court.
Article Link:
NYTimes article
Top civil rights lawyer John Payton dies at 65; Obama calls him 'champion of equality'
Daily Journal - almost 5 years
NEW YORK - Civil rights lawyer <a class="fplink fp-148151" href="/John+Payton+1">John Payton</a>, who defended the University of Michigan's affirmative action policy before the Supreme Court and led the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, has died. He was 65.
Article Link:
Daily Journal article
NAACP Legal Defense Fund Leader John Payton Dies at 65
ABA Journal - almost 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-148151" href="/John+Payton+1">John Payton</a>, the leader of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, has died at the age of 65. Payton, president and director-counsel of the LDF, was the sixth leader of the civil rights law firm, according to a memorial post on the group’s website. A different online release says he was the group’s seventh leader. His victories included: • Lewis v. City of Chicago, in which the U.S. Supreme Court allowed African Americans to challenge Chicago’s firefighter test. • Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District v. Holder, in which the U.S. Supreme Court turned aside a challenge to a preclearance…
Article Link:
ABA Journal article
Memorial offers Obama occasion to address race - 89.3 KPCC
Google News - over 5 years
&quot;So we see enormous problems that have to be addressed if we are going to be able to achieve what Dr. King was talking about, a more just, inclusive democracy,&quot; says John Payton, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Article Link:
Google News article
Trenching work starts Sunday on Highway 32 in widening project - Enterprise-Record
Google News - over 5 years
Santos Excavating Inc. of Chico will perform the work. For information during business hours, contact the city&#39;s Capital Project Services Department, 879-6900; Santos, 894-2274; or Santos foreman John Payton, 624-0206
Article Link:
Google News article
Memorial Offers Obama Occasion To Address Race - WBUR
Google News - over 5 years
&quot;So we see enormous problems that have to be addressed if we are going to be able to achieve what Dr. King was talking about, a more just, inclusive democracy,&quot; says John Payton, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Article Link:
Google News article
Defensive-minded Plantation hopes offense can develop quickly - Sun-Sentinel
Google News - over 5 years
Top senior prospects: FS Deshawn Lindsay (6-1180); DE John Payton (6-4, 205); MLB Molik Slade (6-1, 210); TE Nate Nelson (6-2, 190). Newcomers to keep an eye on: Two transfers are penciled in as projected starters. Junior OL Rafik Abada (6-2,
Article Link:
Google News article
Man in custody for theft in July - istockAnalyst.com (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
The suspects are identified as John Tanner Forester, 17, Kyle Wayne Crawford, 19, and John Payton Mills, 17. Forester and Mills each posted $10000, and were released. Crawford was released after posting $20000. To see more of the Athens Daily Review or
Article Link:
Google News article
Tuesday's Results May Not Deter Effort To Recall Governor - WISN Milwaukee
Google News - over 5 years
&quot;I think I have as much energy for recalling Governor Walker as I did before last Tuesday,&quot; John Payton said. But that energy is going to have to be put on hold for a while. The governor is not eligible for recall until January, and some Democrats in
Article Link:
Google News article
Bubba Smith thrived despite racial divide - Beaumont Enterprise
Google News - over 5 years
&quot;He knew he was going to play football,&quot; said John Payton, who coached Smith in junior high before he became a high school star in the early 1960s. &quot;He knew he was going to get a scholarship.&quot; People who attended Smith&#39;s games between Charlton-Pollard
Article Link:
Google News article
Seattle U Places Five on America Sky Men's Golf All-Academic Team - Boxscore News
Google News - over 5 years
and John Payton (Sammamish, Wash.) led the way for the Redhawks, with Holway posting a 3.77 grade point average in 2010-11 as a liberal studies major and Payton majoring in accounting with a 3.61 GPA for the year. Juniors Ian Dahl (Longview, Wash
Article Link:
Google News article
Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Payton
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 65
    Died in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 2008
    Age 61
    In 2008, Payton was appointed the sixth director-counsel and president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. following in the footsteps of such civil rights giants as Thurgood Marshall and Jack Greenberg.
    More Details Hide Details
    In 2008, Payton was appointed the sixth president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund serving in that post until his death.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to this, he was a Partner at the law firm WilmerHale for twenty years. Payton was tapped to be the lead counsel for the University of Michigan in defending its law and undergraduate schools' use of race in their admissions processes. For more than six years, Payton handled the two high-profile cases in the trial court and in the court of appeals, and argued Gratz v. Bollinger before the Supreme Court of the United States. Payton grew up in Los Angeles, California, where he graduated from high school. He attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, where he became heavily involved in civil rights and anti-war protests. Payton was one of the founders of Pomona's Black Student Association. For three years, Payton served as an admissions officer at the Claremont Colleges, a position that he helped create to recruit black students.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2001
    Age 54
    Payton served as president of the District of Columbia Bar for one year in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details He also recently served as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, the Georgetown University Law Center and Howard University Law School. He has been repeatedly recognized by his peers and news outlets as one of the nation's top lawyers.
  • FORTIES
  • 1994
    Age 47
    In 1994 Payton left the D.C. Corporation Counsel office to join his wife, Gay McDougall, in South Africa.
    More Details Hide Details Ms. McDougall was in South Africa working as a member of the Independent Electoral Commission, which ran South Africa's first democratic elections that year. Nelson Mandela was elected president. At the same time, Payton served on an international observer team that included lawyers from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The couple remained in South Africa for several months before going back to D.C. Returning to Wilmer Hale, Payton took on a civil practice that included representing corporations in employment matters, the American Legacy Foundation in its efforts to prevent youths from smoking, and Fannie Mae in a major class action challenge. While still at the firm, Payton was tapped to be the lead counsel for the University of Michigan in defending its law and undergraduate schools' use of race in their admissions processes. For more than six years, Payton handled the two high-profile cases in the trial court and in the court of appeals, and argued Gratz v. Bollinger before the Supreme Court. He organized a broad coalition from higher education, the military and top businesses in support of diversity initiatives. In a narrow decision in Grutter v. Bollinger, the Supreme Court upheld the use of race in college admissions.
  • 1993
    Age 46
    In 1993, President Bill Clinton nominated Payton to head the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division.
    More Details Hide Details Following objections from the Congressional Black Caucus and despite some prominent African-American support for Payton, Payton withdrew his name for consideration.
  • 1991
    Age 44
    When Sharon Pratt Dixon was elected mayor of Washington, D.C. in 1991, Vernon Jordan tapped Payton to become the district's corporation counsel.
    More Details Hide Details As corporation counsel, he reorganized, centralized and streamlined the corporation counsel offices. Early in his term, Payton dealt with the aftermath of the Mount Pleasant riots and worked to improve Latino and police relations in the city. He also participated in balancing the city's budget in the face of a major crisis.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1977
    Age 30
    He graduated from law school in 1977.
    More Details Hide Details Following law school, Payton spent a year clerking for then-U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Judge Cecil Poole. He then moved to Washington, D.C. where he was recruited to Wilmer Hale by James Robertson. While at the firm, Payton worked on several important civil rights cases. He successfully defended the NAACP against an anti-trust lawsuit brought by white merchants in Mississippi who had lost business in the wake of a 1966 desegregation boycott. In City of Richmond v. J.A. Croson Co. Payton unsuccessfully defended the city's set-aside affirmative action plan established to assist minority businesses in receiving city construction contracts. The case went to the Supreme Court of the United States where the Court narrowly ruled against the city and determined, for the first time, that all government uses of race - including affirmative action programs - would be subject to strict scrutiny.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1973
    Age 26
    He graduated in 1973.
    More Details Hide Details He left the admissions position after receiving a Watson fellowship, which allowed him to study literature in West Africa for a year and, while abroad, he applied to law school. After being accepted at and entering Harvard Law School, Payton worked on several civil rights cases and was a member of the editorial board for the Harvard Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1946
    Born
    Born in 1946.
    More Details Hide Details
Original Authors of this text are noted here.
All data offered is derived from public sources. Spokeo does not verify or evaluate each piece of data, and makes no warranties or guarantees about any of the information offered. Spokeo does not possess or have access to secure or private financial information. Spokeo is not a consumer reporting agency and does not offer consumer reports. None of the information offered by Spokeo is to be considered for purposes of determining any entity or person's eligibility for credit, insurance, employment, housing, or for any other purposes covered under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)