2013 Mississippi on the Potomac Reception

The Mississippi Center for Justice is delighted to announce that James Robertson, U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia (retired), will be the Center’s distinguished honoree at the 2013 Mississippi on the Potomac Reception, which will be held Tuesday, June 4, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the AFL-CIO, 815 16th Street, NW Washington D.C. 

A respected leader in the legal community, Judge Robertson served on the federal bench from 1994 to 2010, earning a well-deserved reputation for fairness, integrity, courage, intelligence and compassion. While Judge Robertson’s important contributions to the bench and bar in Washington, DC are well known, the Center is especially pleased to honor him because of his important role in promoting civil and human rights in Mississippi. From 1969 to 1972, Judge Robertson served with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, now the Center’s national affiliate, as a litigator in Mississippi, as its national director in Washington, and later as co-chairman of the board of directors.

Judge Robertson’s years in Mississippi helped shape his attitudes and values about fairness and equality. Under his leadership, the Lawyers’ Committee defended civil rights organizers who were prosecuted on the basis of fabricated charges; litigated class actions challenging employment discrimination; successfully challenged the tax-exempt status of the private "academies" that were established to avoid public school desegregation; represented the victims of the 1970 Jackson State University shootings; and challenged the conditions of confinement at the notorious Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.

Mississippi on the Potomac is the Center’s annual opportunity to greet friends from the east coast and share updates about our work. There are numerous ways you can join us to honor Judge Robertson and support the advancement of racial and economic justice in Mississippi. For more information about the reception, contact Lauren Welford at 601-709-0859 or lwelford@mscenterforjustice.org or click here to show your support through an event sponsorship.