Thurgood Marshall Award

Thurgood Marshall Award
2018 Award Recipient

Honoring Former Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.

The 2018 Thurgood Marshall Award was awarded to former Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. at the 2018 Thurgood Marshall Award Dinner on Saturday, August 4, during the ABA’s 2018 Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. 


Former Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Mr. Holder served as the 82ndAttorney General of the United States from February 2009 to April 2015, the third longest serving Attorney General in U.S. history and the first African American to hold that office. Mr. Holder is an internationally recognized leader across a broad range of regulatory enforcement, criminal justice, and national security issues.

Including his tenure as Attorney General, Mr. Holder served in government for more than thirty years, having been appointed to various positions requiring U.S. Senate confirmation by Presidents Obama, Clinton, and Reagan. He began his legal career at the Public Integrity Section of the U.S. Justice Department. In 1988, President Reagan appointed him to serve as a judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. In 1993, Mr. Holder stepped down from the bench to accept an appointment from President Clinton as United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. He held that position until he became the first African American Deputy Attorney General in 1997. From 2001 until his confirmation as Attorney General, Mr. Holder was a partner at Covington & Burling LLP, where he advised clients on complex investigations and litigation matters, including those that were international in scope and involve significant regulatory enforcement issues and substantial reputational concerns. He rejoined the firm in 2015 after his tenure as Attorney General

In 2014, Time magazine named Mr. Holder to its list of 100 Most Influential People, noting that he had “worked tirelessly to ensure equal justice.” He is a member of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s National Board of Directors. He also serves as the Chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.

Mr. Holder was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up in East Elmhurst, Queens. He holds undergraduate and law degrees from Columbia University.

Credit to Covington & Burling LLP 

American Bar Association

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