Celebrated civil rights attorney John Payton, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, died late March 22 following a brief illness. Payton's career spanned more than three decades in private practice, where he was one of the first African-American partners at a major law firm in Washington, and public service.
Legal community mourns passing of John Payton, a 'true champion of equality'
The National Law Journal
March 23, 2012
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