Frederick Douglass’ Impact on Justice and Equality for All

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Member Price: $184

Non-Member Price: $230

Product Code: ON147424

Areas of Law: Diversity, For All Attorneys

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NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 2.4 hours of total CLE credit, including 2.4 in Diversity (Full Credits Available: NJ Beginner Diversity : 2.4).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Diversity Non-Transitional: 2.0
PA CLE:PA Ethics Credit: 2.0
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.




Wanda M. Akin, Esq.
Wanda M Akin & Associates, Newark
Donald L. Dowridge, Jr.
As Frederick Douglass, Gibsonton

A History Meets CLE Presentation!

Join us for a captivating program as we delve into the remarkable life and enduring legacy of Frederick Douglass, a towering figure in American history. Through a riveting portrayal by Donald Dowridge, Douglass’ pivotal role as an abolitionist, fighter for women’s rights and advocate for education will come to life before your eyes.

Douglass’ legacy serves as a testament to the power of determination and legal advocacy. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the legal foundations that underpin the pursuit of justice and equality in the United States. Dowridge will be interviewed by Wanda M. Akin, Esq., an experienced trial lawyer, adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School of Law and at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations.

Join us for a transformative experience that will inspire and inform your legal practice. 

Topics for the program include:

  • A Man of Extraordinary Strength and Bravery: Learn about Douglass’ early life as an enslaved child, his realization of the connection between literacy and freedom, his brave show of strength against a “slave-breaker” and his daring escape to freedom.
  • A Black Lawyer Helped Shape His Future: David Ruggles was arguably the first full-time Black activist in the United States. He found Douglass on the streets of New York and saved him from being captured by slave hunters. He operated New York’s first library and bookstore for black people, edited and sold newspapers and magazines, and founded a Black high school and a literary society. His hunger for knowledge and call to activism shaped Douglass’ philosophy and future.
  • Explore the Legal Landscape: Gain insights into Douglass’ advocacy for equality for Black people and women. Learn how he used his great intellect, education and talent for oration to fight for an end to slavery and women’s suffrage. Douglass was an author, newspaper owner and holder of high federal appointments, including as the U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia. He fought for equality through all these great achievements.


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