Being instrumental in the creation of the Young Lawyers Division, Donald A. Thigpen (1999-2001), with the aid of Board Member A. Gilbert Douglass, formed the WBA's Judicial Council Division in 2000.
During Mr. Thigpen's
tenure, Chief Justice of the United States William H. Rehnquist
-- for the first and only time -- brought greetings to our organization at the Ollie Mae Cooper Ceremony in 2000.
Mr. Thigpen's tenure as President was further distinguished by the conferring in 2001 of the Houston Medallion on Professor Charles Ogletree, the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Clinical Programs at Harvard Law School and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia.