For the second time in as many years, Dean JoAnne Epps has been
listed among the 100 most influential black attorneys in the
country by On Being a Black Lawyer (OBABL).
OBABL will publish the 2nd annual edition of "The
Power 100" on February 1, 2013 in honor of Black History Month. The
publication will be available online and will feature profiles of
the nation's most influential black attorneys working in
government, academics, and both the public and private sectors. It
will also include profiles of non-black attorneys who have
championed diversity. To read Dean Epps' profile, click here.
OBABL's editorial team, together with a group of advisers, spent
months researching prospective candidates. The selection committee
read trade publications, blogs, and critical reviews. A portion of
the candidates had appeared on past lists of influential lawyers.
For this group, the committee considered whether the candidate's
influence and relevance had increased since the time he or she was
last honored. In addition to naming the 100 most influential black
attorneys, the committee also included profiles of ten up and
coming black attorneys.
OBABL publisher Yolanda Young notes that according to the American
Bar Association, less than 5% of U.S. attorneys are African
American. OBABL seeks to help advance diversity in the legal
On Being a Black Lawyer, which is owned by Lawyers of Color Inc.,
has been recognized by the American Bar Association, National Black
Law Students Association, and National Association of Black
Journalists. Founded in 2008 as a news and resource center, the
company has grown into a social media firm providing research,
career development, and brand marketing opportunities to