Lewis Myers Jr.
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Lewis Myers, Jr. was born in Houston, Texas. He attended the public school system in Houston. that existed throughout his education and until his graduation from Phillis Wheatley High School. He was recognized in "Who's Who Among Students in American High Schools”. At the early age of fifteen, Myers affirmed his commitment again as a leader when he launched his lifelong career endeavor as a community activist after being elected NAACP Youth Council President for the A. A. Lucas Branch of the NAACP in Houston. He further emphasized his civil rights leadership as a youth while in high school when he led student demonstrations that helped to integrate the Houston Independent School District. He was one of several youth leaders to initiate an historic boycott that spotlighted the segregated apartheid policies of the Houston Independent School District, thus clearly demonstrating that both his high school and the school district needed to be integrated in order to provide equal and quality education.
Myers has tried hundreds of cases in jurisdictions all across the United States. He is a member of the Illinois Bar, the Bar of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Bar of the Federal Appellate Court for the Third Circuit, the Bar for the Federal Appellate Court for the Fifth Circuit, the Bar of the United States Federal District Court for the Northern District of California, and the Bar for the Federal Court of Claims. Complementing these professional memberships are other legal associations such as the National Conference of Black Lawyers, the National Lawyers' Guild (Executive Board, Chicago Chapter), the National Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, and the National Conference of Black Lawyers (Chairperson, Chicago Chapter).
Myers holds membership in a numerous professional non-legal organizations including: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the NAACP , 500 Black Men (Founder of Chicago Chapter), Black Men's Forum; Throughout his long and distinguished career, he has been the recipient of many accolades and awards in his profession and beyond; he’s been listed in various Who's Who publications; and recognized as one of the most influential African-Americans in the United States in various publications and by various organizations.
Myers is truly a "man for all seasons" and a national credit to the legacy of our historic national civil and human rights movement. He was recently selected to be place into his high school hall of fame. Myers is married and the father of a son, Lewis Myers III.
1965 Phillis Wheatly High School, Houston, TX
• High School Diploma
1969 Howard University
• Bachelor's of Arts
1969-1971 Rutgers University Law School, Newark, NJ
1971-1972 University of Mississippi Law School, Oxford, MS
• Juris Doctorate
ACADEMIC CAREER SUMMARY
2012-Present CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY Chicago, IL
Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice
Department of Criminal Justice, Philosophy, and Political Science
Teaching the following classes: “Introduction to Law”; “Juvenile Delinquency & the Juvenile Justice System”; “Youth, Gangs & Violence”; “Youth, Gangs & Intervention”; “Constitutional Criminal Procedure”; “Terrorism”; “Introduction to Criminology”; “Criminal Justice Practicum/ Internship”; and “Bachelor Paper”.
- 1989- 2012 KENNEDY-KING COLLEGE Chicago, IL
Professor of Criminal Justice, Tenured Professor
Coordinating the criminal justice program; teaching the following classes: Introduction to Criminal Justice, Introduction to Juvenile Justice, Probation and Parole, Professional Responsibility, Introduction to Corrections, Issues in Criminal Justice, Introduction to Investigations, Terrorism, Criminology, Police Organization and Management, Criminal and Procedure, Constitutional Law; Coordinate the Adjunct Professors in Criminal Justice; Coordinator of two ex offender re-entry programs though Teamwork Englewood at Kennedy-King College.
- 1985-1986 ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY Chicago, IL
Lecturer in Afro-American Studies Department.
1984 KENT LAW SCHOOL Chicago, IL
Lecturer on Evidence
1982 DEPAUL UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL Chicago, IL
Lecturer Trial Advocacy
PROFESSIONAL CAREER SUMMARY
- 1995- 2012 LAW FIRM OF LEWIS MYERS, JR. Chicago, IL
- Managing Partner
Law firm engaged in civil and criminal litigation in the State of Illinois. Responsible for all financial and administrative aspects of management, and for providing leadership to the firm in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, automobile accidents, prescription drug litigation; criminal law and white collar crime; medical malpractice; insurance fraud; bank lending discrimination. Litigated employment discrimination lawsuits, housing discrimination lawsuits, First Amendment rights of citizens. Member of numerous bars including the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits, United States Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
- 1994-1995 BETHEL A.M.E. CHURCH Baltimore, MD
- Chief Administrator
Served as Chief Operating Officer with the responsibility for administrative, operational and financial components of all church activities. These included ministries and outreach programs, departments, and the church's private school. Responsible for strategic planning, and for developing operational, accounting, and personnel policies and procedures manuals . Responsible for initiating the use of personal computers which improved office efficiency. Directed the financial affairs of the church. Served as liaison to church officers and parishioners.
- 1993-1994 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE (NAACP) Baltimore, MD
- National Deputy Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer
Served as Chief Operating Officer for the largest and oldest civil rights organization. Responsible for all aspects of corporate finance, human resources, and for field operation s. Managed all national programs affecting over 1,200 branches and members across the country. Responsible for regulatory compliance, strategic planning, and contract management. Guided the acquisition and use of the organization's resources. Managed all banking relationships and investment planning. Performed all development activities for the organization. Determined MIS requirements, and developed information systems.
- 1987-1997 RAINBOW PUSH COALITION Chicago, IL
- Assistant General Counsel to National Board of Directors
- 1983-1990 CHILD'S, MYERS & WILLIS Chicago, IL
Partner in this professionally renown law firm specializing in criminal, commercial, and complex litigation in the City of Chicago, and other Illinois jurisdictions. Served as General Counsel for the Nation of Islam, Operation PUSH, and Jesse Jackson Presidential Campaign.
- 1982-1994 FEDERAL DEFENDER'S PROGRAM NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS Chicago, IL
- 1981-1982 LEGAL SERVICES ORGANIZATION MIDWEST OFFICE Chicago, IL
Served as consultant/ attorney with the responsibility of evaluating legal services programs throughout the Midwest Region. Responsible for management coordination, litigation training, and staff development.
- 1980-1984 NATION OF ISLAM Chicago, IL
- General Counsel
- 1977-1979 NORTH MISSISSIPPI RURAL LEGAL SERVICES Oxford, MS
- Director of Litigation
Responsible for administering the litigation program of the agency. Coordinated and managed a $1.5 million budget which supported staff and community development. Trained over 70 lawyers and paralegal staff persons.
- 1975-1977 NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF BLACK LAWYERS New York, NY
- General Counsel
Provided representation for this national organization and litigated numerous cases in various federal and state jurisdictions throughout the country. Handled both criminal and civil rights issues.
- 1972-1975 NORTH MISSISSIPPI RURAL LEGAL SERVICES Oxford, MS
Served as legal counsel for this rural legal services organization. Represented primarily poor and indigent clients. Received the Reginal Heber Smith Fellowship.
PROFESSIONAL BAR AFFILIATIONS
American Bar Association, National Bar Association, Cook County Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, National Lawyers Guild, National Conference of Black Lawyers, Member of the Bar of the following: United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits, United States Federal District Court for the Northern District of California, United States Federal District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois.
Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Chicago Black United Communities, NAACP South side Branch, , Teamwork Englewood, Fathers Who Care, New Mount Pilgrim Mountain Men Ministry, American - I Can Project Black Men's Forum, Five Hundred Black Men - Founder, NAACP, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Executive Board of New Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, and Member of the Deacon Board of New Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church.
(This biography was prepared in 2013 from information provided by Attorney Lewis Myers, Jr. with some formatting done by Etta F. Walker.)