Independent Historian

James Arnold Andrus is a corporate partner with the law firm K&L Gates, LLP.  He earned his JD at the University of Texas and his undergraduate degree at West Point.  He has been a leader in local bar organizations having served as President of the Loren Miller Bar Association and as the first African American President of the King County Bar Association in Seattle, Washington.  The native of Carencro, Louisiana, specializes in mergers and acquisitions and private investments such as hedge funds and private equity funds.


Edward Brooke, III (1919-2015)

Edward William Brooke III was the first African American to be elected by popular vote to the United States Senate.  Brooke, an African American, Protestant Republican, won elective office in the overwhelmingly white, Catholic, Democratic state of Massachusetts and emerged as a leader in the … Read MoreEdward Brooke, III (1919-2015)