BUFFALO, N.Y. -- On Being a Black Lawyer (OBABL) recently
selected the 100 most influential black attorneys in the United
States. The University at Buffalo Law School is very pleased to
announce that Dean Makau Mutua has been named to this exceptional
OBABL published "The Power 100 Special Edition" on Feb. 15 in
honor of Black History Month. The publication is available online
and features profiles of the nation's most influential black
attorneys working in government, academics, and both the public and
Makau Mutua is dean, SUNY Distinguished Professor and the Floyd
H. & Hilda L. Hurst Faculty Scholar at the UB Buffalo Law
School. He teaches international human rights, international
business transactions and international law. Mutua has been a
visiting professor at Harvard Law School, the University of Iowa
College of Law, the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, the
United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica and the
University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain.
He was educated at the University of Nairobi, the University of
Dar-es-Salaam and at Harvard Law School, where he obtained a
doctorate of juridical science in 1987. Mutua was co-chair of the
2000 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law
(ASIL). He is currently a vice president of the ASIL, and was
previously on its executive council. He is a member of the Council
on Foreign Relations.
In 2002-03, while on sabbatical in Kenya, Mutua was appointed by
the government of Kenya as chairman of the Task Force on the
Establishment of a Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission.
The task force recommended a truth commission for Kenya. During the
same time, Mutua was a delegate to the National Constitutional
Conference, the forum that produced a contested draft constitution
Previously, Mutua was the associate director at the Harvard Law
School Human Rights Program. He was also the director of the Africa
Project at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights. He serves as the
chairman of the Kenya Human Rights Commission and sits on the
boards of several international organizations and academic journals
such as the Leiden Journal of International Law. He is a frequent
commentator on politics, human rights, law and current affairs in
the print and electronic media.
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 10 up and coming
OBABL publisher, Yolanda Young notes that according to the
American Bar Association, less than 5 percent of U.S. attorneys are
African American. OBABL seeks to help advance diversity in the
On Being a Black Lawyer 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 clients.
Read "The Power 100 Special Edition" at http://www.obabl.com/special-editions/
Honorees will be toasted at a cocktail reception at The
Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington DC, on Feb. 29 from 6-8 p.m.
Michelle Miller, CBS News correspondent, will serve as mistress of
ceremony. To cover the reception or request an interview, contact,
Jamie Brathwaite at 202-756-1847.