William Block

Independent Historian

Bill Block is currently a volunteer attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington.  He received his JD from the University of Chicago Law School and his BA from Pomona College.  He began his legal career as a law clerk to Justice Harry Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court.  He moved to Seattle in 1977 with a law practice focused on complex real estate transactions and civic involvements focused on low income housing.  In 2005, he left the law to become Director of the Committee to End Homelessness, the public/private partnership implementing the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness in Seattle/King County.  In 2013, President Obama appointed him Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Region X (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington).  Among other civic involvements, he has served as Chair of the Seattle Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, President of AIDS Housing of Washington (now Building Changes), and Chair, Seattle Center Advisory Commission.

Michael L. Douglas (1948- )

Justice Michael Douglas is the first African American Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court.  He was first appointed in 2004 and has twice served as Chief Justice of the court. Justice Douglas was born in Los Angeles, California and graduated from California State Long Beach in 1971 and Hastings Law School in 1974.  … Read MoreMichael L. Douglas (1948- )

George Howard, Jr. (1924-2007)

George Howard, Jr. was the first black justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court and the first black federal judge in Arkansas. As a lawyer, he litigated cases that resulted in the desegregation of Arkansas public schools.  As a federal judge, he presided over the politically-charged Whitewater cases that involved Bill and Hillary … Read MoreGeorge Howard, Jr. (1924-2007)