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David Bradford Isbell

David Bradford Isbell, American lawyer, educator. Bar: Connecticut, 1956, District of Columbia 1957.


  • Isbell, David Bradford was born on February 18, 1929 in New Haven. Son of Percy Ernest and Dorothy Mae (Crabb) Isbell.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Yale University, 1949. Bachelor of Laws, Yale University, 1956.


    • Associate Covington & Burling, Washington, 1957-1959, 61-65, partner, 1965-1998, senior counsel, since 1998. Assistant staff director United States Commission on Civil Rights, 1959-1961. Lecturer School Law University Virginia, 1962—2010, Georgetown University Law Center, since 1996.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Connecticut, 1956, District of Columbia 1957.


    Board directors American Civil Liberties Union, 1965-1992. Chairman executive board Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, 1992-1905. 2nd lieutenant United States Army, 1951-1953.

    Member of American Bar Association (member house delegations 1986-1996, chairman committee on ethics & professional responsibility 1991-1994), District of Columbia Bar (governor 1978-1982, president 1983-1984), Cosmos Club.


    • Married Florence Bachrach, July 21, 1971. Children: Christopher Pascal, Virginia Anne, Nicholas Bradford.
    • father: Percy Ernest Isbell
    • mother: Dorothy Mae (Crabb) Isbell
    • spouse: Florence Bachrach
    • children: Christopher Pascal Isbell
    • Virginia Anne Isbell
    • Nicholas Bradford Isbell
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    Born February 18, 1929