Wiley A. Branton Award Winners


Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Maryland Law Professor Larry Gibson and Beveridge and Diamond managing principal Benjamin F. Wilson are to receive the National Bar Association’s Wiley A. Branton Award next month.

They are be cited for their leadership “on the cutting edge of law for civil, social and economic justice” by the NBA in an award named for attorney and civil right activist Wiley A. Branton, Howard University School of Law dean from January 1978 to September 1983.

Norton is the city’s non-voting delegate to the House of Representatives. She has been a vocal advocate for womens’ rights. Norton, along with delegates to the House from five other U.S. territories, are not allowed to vote on legislation on the House floor, but are allowed to participate in House committees.

Gibson, who grew up in Baltimore, teaches evidence, civil procedure, race and the law, and election law at the University of Maryland Law School. He was at the Justice Department as an associate deputy attorney general in the administration of President Jimmy Carter and chairs the Commission to Coordinate the Study, Commemoration, and Impact of the History and Legacy of Slavery in Maryland.

Wilson, a Jackson, Miss. native who specializes in civil litigation, has been involved in major complex environmental, commercial property issues. He is chairman of the NBA’s Environmental, Energy and Public Utilities Section.

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