Viewing page 147 of 440

JUDGE LAWRENCE W. PIERCE slipped into a new set of judicial robes yesterday when he moved up from the United States District Court to the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

The move involves only a shift of a few floors in the Federal Court House on Foley Square, but it was a significant one for the 56-year-old jurist, who was appointed to the Federal bench in 1971.

After a brief swearing-in ceremony, Judge Pierce was joined by friends and colleagues going back to his days at Fordham University School of Law and organizations with which he was associated, including the Legal Aid Society, the Brooklyn District Attorney's office, the New York City Police Department and the State Division for Youth.

Also present for the swearing-in of Judge Pierce was his wife, former Cynthia Straker, a lawyer with the Department of Transportation in Washington. They have a New York apartment and a home in Canaan, Conn. 

[[?]] est [[highest?]] honor, the Alexander Hamilton Award, in 1973.

Secretary Pierce served as a judge of the New York Court of General Sessions from 1959 to 1960. He was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1953 to 1955 following service as an Assistant District Attorney for New York County. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1949 and to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1956.

Among his civic, educational and corporate activities, Secretary Pierce has served as a member of the New York City Board of Education; the Battery Park City Authrority [[Authority]]; as a director of the New York World's Fair Corporation; as a governor of the American Stock Exchange; as an adjunct professor a [[at]] the New York University School of Law; and as a trustee of the Rand Corporation, Cornell University, Howard University, Mount Holyoke College and Hampton Institute. He has been a director of Prudential Insurance Company of America, General Electric Company, International Paper Company, U.S. Industries, Public Service Electric and Gas Company, International Basic Economy Corporation, First National Boston Corporation, and First National Bank of Boston.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Cornell University in 1947, Secretary Pierce also received his law degree from Cornell in 1949. He received a Master of Laws Degree in Taxation in 1952 and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree in 1972 from the New York University School of Law, where he was a member of the faculty for many years. From 1957 to 1958, Secretary Pierce was a Ford Foundation Fellow at the Yale Law School. He has written many legal articles for professional journals and has contributed to several books.

Secretary Pierce is married to the former Barbara Penn Wright and they have a daughter, Victoria. A veteran of World War II, he served three years in North Africa and Italy with the Army's Criminal Investigation Division.

[[?]] 1963, he has served as the Secretary General of the World Peace Through Law with an unswerving commitment to law as a bridge to understanding and justice among the peoples of the world. He also serves as chairman of the International Affairs Committee of the National Bar Association and as Delegate to the United Nations for the American Bar Association. The District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure in 1979 so aptly concluded that "Judge Thompson is consistently described as the Court's goodwill ambassador to the community, nation and the world."

KENNETH B. CLARK is Chairman of the Board of Data Black, Inc. and President of Clark, Phipps, Clark & Harris, Inc., consulting with corporations and government on race relations and affirmative action programs. He is author of the prize-winning Dark Ghetto (1965) Pathos of Power (1974) and Prejudice and Your Child (1955). His work on the effects of segregation on children was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision.

Kenneth B. Clark is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of psychology at the City College of City University of New York. Lawrence Plotkin is professor of psychology there.

EUGENE D. JACKSON from 1972 to the present was with Unity Broadcasting Network, Inc. d/b/a National Black Network in the capacity of President and Chairman of the Board.

National Black Network is the first line-connected, nationwide Black controlled and Black oriented radio news service and is also the first Black company to use satellite communications to beam programs to the West Coast. NBN has seventy-nine (79) affiliate stations and utilizes one hundred (100) stringers in every major region of the United States, thus establishing NBN as the largest Black news operation in the world.

To help reduce functional illiteracy, provide opportunity to increase educational preparation for entrance into Nursing and Allied Health Fields, increase retention of students in nursing and increase the success rate on state board examinations.

[[cut-off text]]
[[caption]] 1982 Boule Planning Committee—Alpha Chapter

Left to right: Soror Janice Crouch, Boule Chairman; Sorors Addie Carrington, Ruth Richardson, Bertha Bolden, Basileus, Joan Bowser, Eloise Ellis and Margaret Bailey.

Not shown: Carolyn Rogers, Corine Wilson, Peola H. McCaskill, Betty Jean Roberts, Marjorie Scrutchings, Boule Co-chairman. [[/caption]]

Please note that the language and terminology used in this collection reflects the context and culture of the time of its creation, and may include culturally sensitive information. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution, but is available in its original form to facilitate research. For questions or comments regarding sensitive content, access, and use related to this collection, please contact