Constance Baker Motley, James Meredith, and the University of Mississippi

In 1961, James Meredith applied for admission to the University of Mississippi. Although he was qualified, he was rejected -- Meredith was black, and the University had never admitted a black student. Represented by Constance Baker Motley and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Meredith sued in federal court in Mississippi, alleging that the University denied him admission because of his race.

This evening’s performance will feature members of Cadwalader’s Affinity Networks, especially its Black & Latino Association, and will include special guest appearances by Hon. Denny Chin of the United States Circuit Court for the Second Circuit and by Hon. William F. Kuntz II and Hon. Margo K. Brodie of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Registration & Networking
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Reenactment
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Networking Reception

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
200 Liberty Street
New York City

CLE credit will be offered.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Arianne Connell at