The deaths of unarmed black people have sparked nationwide demonstration and dialogue. Following in the tradition of the great civil rights lawyers like Thurgood Marshall, Constance Baker Motley, and countless others, there are legal warriors doing battle in courtrooms today and their voices are needed to truly understand where we go from here. Attorneys Mawuli M. Davis, Francys Johnson, and R. Gary Spencer take part in the first installment of our Brothers-in-Law special conversation on race and justice.
Mawuli M. Davis is a founding partner of the Davis Bozeman Law Firm where he leads the firm’s Civil Rights Division. He attended the United States Naval Academy, where he played varsity basketball and earned a degree in Political Science. He served in the United States Navy as an officer while earning a Masters in Public Administration from Bowie State University. Attorney Davis is a graduate of Georgia State University(GSU) College of Law and he is recognized as a Super Lawyer, a distinction given to less than 3% of the lawyers practicing in Georgia. As an activist, Attorney Davis is a co-founder of Let Us Make Man. After the acquittal of George Zimmerman, he was one of the primary organizers for the ”Respect Black Life” march of over 5,000 protestors from the Atlanta University Center to CNN which was featured in Ebony magazine.
Francys Johnson is a practicing lawyer, public theologian, and educator. He practices criminal and civil law in the state and federal courts in Georgia from his office on Main Street in downtown Statesboro. A graduate of Georgia Southern University and The University of Georgia School of Law, Johnson previously served on the Political Science and Criminal Justice faculties at Georgia Southern University and Savannah State University teaching courses on Criminal Law; Constitutional Law; Race and the law; and the Civil Rights Movement. Today, he is a recognized thought-leader on voting rights having testified before Congress; lecturing across the country and writing on the other subjects including race, measuring equity, and understandings of power in public policy. Previously, Johnson was President of the Georgia NAACP, this state's oldest and largest civil rights organization, following more than two decades of service in a variety of capacities including Southeast Regional Director.
R. Gary Spencer has more than 25 years of experience in serving clients in criminal defense, personal injury, wills and probate, and attorney disciplinary actions. He is a member of the State Bars of Georgia, where serves as a member of the Board of Governors, and the State Bar of Florida. He is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a graduate of Howard University and the Howard University School of Law.
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