Constance Baker Motley was one of the most important civil rights lawyers of the twentieth century. Tapped by Thurgood Marshall early in 1945 to join the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, she was involved in more than 200 cases as either lead counsel or during the appeal of a case. In 1966, she became the first African American woman to be appointed as a federal judge. Joel Motley, III, Judge Motley’s son and producer of the multi-award-winning documentary, The Trials of Constance Baker Motley joins us to pay homage to this remarkable figure.
As a Managing Director at Public Capital Advisors, LLC, Mr. Motley provides advice on capital markets and infrastructure to emerging markets. He began his career in investment banking at Lazard Freres & Co. in 1985, and later became a founder of Carmona Motley Inc. in 1992. Prior to investment banking, Mr. Motley served as Regional Director for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan in New York, following five years of corporate law practice which he began at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Mr. Motley received his J.D. and B.A. from Harvard University. He joined OppenheimerFunds’ New York Board in 2002.
In addition to his current role as Chairman of the Governance Committee of OppenheimerFunds’ New York Board, Mr. Motley is active on a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (member of the Budget and Finance Committee), Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Human Rights Watch, and an independent director of the Board of the Office of Finance of the Federal Home Loan Bank System. Mr. Motley is the Senior Warden of the Vestry of Trinity Wall Street. He is also a board member of Historic Hudson Valley, The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and the Greenwall Foundation.
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