June 24, 2008

School of Law alumnus honored as one of the most influential African Americans

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Case Western Reserve University School of Law alumnus John Fitzgerald Harris (LAW '89) was recently named as one of the 150 most influential African Americans in the United States by Ebony magazine. Since 1963, Ebony has highlighted the most influential African Americans each year.

The editors of Ebony, as well as national experts and leaders in the fields of politics and law, business, religion, arts, entertainment and media, education, military and public service, are consulted for this ranking.

The chosen 150 leaders must "exhibit widespread national influence and affect in a decisive and positive way the lives, thinking and actions of large segments of the African-American population, either by his/her position in a key group, or by his/her personal reach and influence."

Harris is a legacy student of the Case-Fisk Partnership, which offers expanded opportunities in education and research for students, faculty and staff at Case Western Reserve and Fisk University. After earning his undergraduate degree from Fisk in 1986, he entered Case Western Reserve's School of Law. During law school, he received the Dean Dunmore Prize for first place in the Moot Court Competition, the John Wragg Kellogg Prize for academic achievement, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Award. In addition, he was president of the Black Law Students Association.

He is currently the assistant general counsel for Distribution and Transactions at Ford Motor Co., making him one of the youngest executives in Ford's history. He leads a group of attorneys and law professionals responsible for providing legal advice on matters of distribution such as general sales, marketing and advertising involving all of Ford-owned brands.

Harris is featured in the May 2008 issue of Ebony. View the complete Ebony "Power 150" list.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, June 24, 2008 12:12 PM | News Topics: Alumni, Awards, HeadlinesMain, features

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