Marcelyn Cox, the Assistant Dean of Career Development at the University of Miami School of Law, has been named one of the 100 most influential black lawyers in the country.
She is in good company. The listing, compiled by a media company called On Being A Black Lawyer, includes the likes of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; Valerie Jarrett, a top adviser to President Obama; and Newark Mayor Corey Booker. Dean Cox is listed as a "Pipeline Builder."
"This is fantastic," said Miami Law Dean Patricia D. White. "And well deserved!"
Dean Cox, who is also President of the National Association of Legal Career Professionals, has been a member of the Miami Law community for 14 years. Prior to joining UM, she practiced law in both Los Angeles and Miami.
Dean Cox has been a member of the Miami Law community for 14 years. Prior to joining UM, she practiced law in both Los Angeles and Miami. "It is an incredible privilege to be considered with these esteemed professionals being honored by OBABL," Dean Cox said. "The work that these individuals do on a daily basis transforms our society and I'm happy to play a small part."
OBABL was established in 2008 to report news of import to black legal professionals. In addition to an eponymous blog, the media company produces e-newsletters, events, and social-media platforms to engage black legal professionals. The company aims to promote the causes and contributions of African American attorneys. On Being A Black Lawyer has received recognition from the American Bar Association and The National Black Law Student Association, among others. OBABL's readers include law school students and partners in law firms; advocates and academics; public defenders and prospective law students.
Dean Cox has held numerous leadership positions within the National Association for Law Placement, which was established in 1971 to promote the exchange of information and cooperation between law schools and employers. She has been active in the Association for Legal Career Professionals, including holding a seat on the board of directors and the chairs of the Diversity Section and the Audit, Investment and Nominating Committees. She was also liaison to the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. Dean Cox has served as President of the South Florida Association for Law Placement and Chair of the Southeastern Law Placement Consortium, and as a member of the Florida Bar Committee on Professionalism and the Florida Memorial College Board of Visitors.