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By Max Porter, Contributing News Editor • February 15, 2024

Speights joins National Bar Association Hall of Fame

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Board of Trustees Chair Grace Speights leads a meeting in May.

Board of Trustees Chair Grace Speights was inducted into the National Bar Association Hall of Fame last week, according to a Morgan, Lewis & Bockius release.

Speights, a partner for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius law firm and the global leader of their labor and employment practice, was recognized last week in the organization’s annual convention in Minneapolis for her “high-profile” investigations regarding racial equality and social justice in the workplace, according to the release. The National Bar Association is the largest organization of predominantly African American lawyers in the country, and their Fred D. Grey Hall of Fame recognizes lawyers that have practiced law for at least 40 years and have “significantly contributed to the cause of justice,” the release states.

Speights oversees more than 300 lawyers at the Morgan Lewis firm and promotes racial justice through the firm’s Mobilizing for Equality Task Force, according to the Morgan Lewis website. The National Law Journal named her a Winning Litigator of 2020 after she won $2.6 million for PBS following the network’s termination of former host Tavis Smiley for sexual misconduct allegations against subordinate employees.

Speights is currently representing former deputy mayor John Falcicchio, who allegedly sexually harassed two D.C. employees, according to reports from the Mayor’s Office of Legal Counsel.

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Ianne Salvosa, News Editor
Ianne Salvosa is a junior majoring in journalism and international affairs from Lake Saint Louis, Missouri. She is The Hatchet's 2023-2024 news editor for the Administration and Finance beat. She previously served as an assistant news editor for the Administration and Finance beat and a contributing news editor for the Academics and Administration beats for Vol. 119.
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