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On Passion and Integrity

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At their annual gala, the Black Allied Law Students Association honored Debo Adegbile ’94 and Suzette Malveaux ’94.

Adegbile, an NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund attorney for more than a decade, is a partner at WilmerHale. Malveaux is a professor at the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law who worked on the largest employment discrimination class action in US history, Wal-Mart Stores v. Dukes (2011).

In their remarks, the honorees discussed challenges in the 50 years since the Civil Rights Act passed. “What I know is that in every fight in which I’ve been engaged, I have been committed to maintaining my integrity and defining success by standing for something,” said Adegbile. Malveaux advised the audience to “lead with your heart, not just your head.”

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