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Vernon Eulion Jordan

Vernon Eulion Jordan, American lawyer. Bar: Georgia 1960, Arkansas 1964.


  • Jordan, Vernon Eulion was born on August 15, 1935 in Atlanta. Son of Vernon Eulion and Mary (Griggs) Jordan.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, DePauw University, 1957. Juris Doctor, Howard University, 1960. Degree (honorary), DePauw University.

      Degree (honorary), Howard University. Degree (honorary), Boston College. Degree (honorary), Brandeis University.

      Degree (honorary), City University of New York. Degree (honorary), University Illinois. Degree (honorary), Duke University.

      Degree (honorary), University Massachusetts. Degree (honorary), New York University. Degree (honorary), Princeton University.

      Degree (honorary), Tulane University. Degree (honorary), Rutgers University. Degree (honorary), Yale University.

      Degree (honorary), Notre Dame University. Degree (honorary), Harvard University. Degree (honorary), Bloomfield College.

      Degree (honorary), Morris Brown College. Degree (honorary), Wilberforce University.


    • Practice law, Atlanta, 1960-1961, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, 1964-1965. Georgia field director National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1961-1963. Director Voter Education Project Southern Regional Council, 1964-1968.

      Attorney Office of Economic Opportunity, Atlanta, 1969. Executive director United Negro College Fund, New York City, 1970-1971. President National Urban League, Inc., 1972-1981.

      Senior partner Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP, Washington, 1982—1999, of counsel, since 2000. Senior managing director Lazard Freres & Company, LLC, New York City, since 2000. Board directors J.C. Penney & Company, 1973-2003, Xerox Corporation, 1974-2009, Dow Jones & Company, Inc., 1982-2006, Asbury Automotive Group, Inc., since 2002, Lazard Ltd., since 2005.

      Member international advisory board Barrick Gold. Chairman Clinton Presidential Transition Board. Appointed to President's advisory committee Points of Light Initiative Foundation, 1989.

      Member Iraq Study Group, 2006.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Georgia 1960, Arkansas 1964.


    • Co-author (with Annette Gordon-Read): Vernon Can Read!: A Memoir, 2001. (with Lee A. Daniels) Make It Plain: Standing Up and Speaking Out, 2008.


    The state should not use its authority to promote any particular religious belief. It should allow people practice their own religious convictions.

    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Everybody can reach the love of God. Salvation is for everyone who turns to God.

    Denomination: Methodist


    The demands of modern life may leave someone stressed and overloaded, or isolated and feeling useless. Be persistent, and success will be definitely achieved.


    Member National Advisory Commission on Selective Services, 1966-1967, American Revolution Bi-Centennial Commission, since 1972, Presidential Clemency Board, 1974. Advisory council Social Security, 1974. Trustee Ford Foundation, Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, Urban Institute (life), Howard University.

    Member steering committee Bilderberg Meetings. Member Council on Foreign Relations. Advisory trustee DePauw University, board directors National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

    Honorary member Ralph Bunche Institute on the United Nations. Member African Methodist Episcopal Church. Member of American Bar Association, American Law Institute, Council Foreign Relations, National Bar Association, Georgia State Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, Arkansas State Bar Association, Century Association, National Conference Black Lawyers, University Club, Board Room.


    • Married Shirley M. Yarbrough, December 13, 1958 (deceased December 29, 1985). 1 child, Vickee; Married Ann Dibble Cook, November 22, 1986.
    • father: Vernon Eulion Jordan
    • mother: Mary (Griggs) Jordan
    • spouses: Shirley M. Yarbrough
    • Ann Dibble Cook
    • child: Vickee Jordan
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    Born August 15, 1935