With a career spanning more than four decades, alumnus Drew Days III is one of eight individuals selected by The American Lawyer to receive a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. The awards, which will be presented this October in New York City, honor lawyers with distinguished careers and a commitment to public service.
A Yale Law School graduate, Days got his start fighting for civil rights working for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. During the Jimmy Carter administration, Days became the first African-American head of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1981, he took a faculty position at Yale Law School, returning to government work in 1993 when Bill Clinton appointed him solicitor general.
Days left the government in 1997, at which time he returned to his faculty role at Yale and joined MoFo’s Appellate & Supreme Court Group as of counsel. Days retired from MoFo in 2011, after building an appellate group that current group practice co-chair Deanne Maynard says “continues to be a strong and vibrant nationwide practice.”