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First Black Governor Honors the Second

With the stage set for New York Lt. Gov. David Paterson to become only the third black governor in the United States since Reconstruction, the nation's first and second black governors were at Howard University in Washington, D.C., last weekend for a special ceremony in which three prominent black lawyers received honors. As part of its Charter Day ceremonies, Howard presented an honorary doctorate of laws degree to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, the former Coca-Cola general counsel who became the nation's second black governor when he was elected in 2006. Attending the ceremony to present Patrick's honorary degree was former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, the first black governor, a 1959 graduate of Howard's law school.

Also as part of the ceremony, Howard honored six prominent alumni, among them two graduates of the law school -- Maria M. Cabret and Ive A. Swan -- who both were named in 2006 to the newly formed Supreme Court of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Cabret, who graduated from Howard's law school in 1978, and Swan, who graduated in 1970, each were Virgin Islands trial court judges for many years before their appointments to the Supreme Court. (I knew Justice Swan from my earlier days practicing in the V.I. and met Justice Cabret during a recent visit there.)

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on March 14, 2008 at 10:56 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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