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Lawyer , United States Secretary of Transportation

William Thaddeus Coleman, American Lawyer. Bar: Pennsylvania 1947, District of Columbia 1977. Recipient Joseph E. Beale prize, 1946, Presidential Freedom medal President Clinton, 1995, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense Fund Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement award, 1997; Langdell fellow, 1946-1947.


Coleman,, William Thaddeus was born on July 7, 1920 in Germantown, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of William Thaddeus and Laura Beatrice (Mason) Coleman.


Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 1941;Bachelor of Laws magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1943.


Law secretary Judge Herbert F. Goodrich, United States Court of Appeals, 3d Circuit, 1947—1948, Justice Felix Frankfurter (associate justice Supreme Court United States), 1948—1949. Associate Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, New York City, 1949—1952, Dilworth, Paxson, Kalish, Levy & Green, Philadelphia, 1952—1956. Partner Dilworth, Paxson, Kalish, Levy & Coleman, 1956—1975.

Secretary United States Department Transportation, Washington, 1975—1977. Senior counselor, senior partner O'Melveny & Myers, various locations, since 1977. Special counsel for transit matters City of Philadelphia, 1952—1963.

Representative attorney general Pennsylvania and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in litigation to remove racial restrictions at Girard College, 1965. Member President's Committee on Government Employment Policy, 1959—1961. Consultant Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, 1963—1974.

Senior consultant, assistant counsel President's Commission on Assassination of President Kennedy, 1964. Co-chairman planning sessions White House Conference to Fulfill These Rights, 1965—1966. Member United States delegate 24th Session United Nations General Assembly, 1969.

Member legal advisory committee Council on Environmental Quality, 1970. Public member President's National Commission on Productivity, 1970. Commissioner Price Commission, 1971—1972, Philadelphia Fairmount Park Commission, 1967—1975, White House Commission Aviations Safety and Security, 1996—1997.

Member Governor's Commission on Constitutional Revision, 1963—1965. Member military tribunal, appellate, major Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since 2004.


  • Bar: Pennsylvania 1947, District of Columbia 1977.


Former chairman board National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Vice president, trustee, member executive committee Philadelphia Art Museum. Trustee Brookings Institution, National Gallery Art, 1999.

Member Trilateral Commission. Member executive committee Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Board overseers Harvard University, 1975—1981.

Board directors, advisory director New York City Ballet. Fellow: American College Trial Lawyers. Member: Council Foreign Relations, American Arbitration Association (governor), American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia Bar Association (past chairman judicial committee), American Law Institute (council, Henry J. Friendly medal 2000), American Academy Appellate Lawyers, Metropolitan Club (Washington), Junior Legal Club (Philadelphia), Alfalfa Club, Cosmos Club, Order of Coif, Harvard Law School Club, Pi Gamma Nu (Wickersham award 1997, The Fordham-Stein prize 2000), Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Lovida Hardin, February 10, 1945. Children: William Thaddeus III, Lovida Hardin Junior, Hardin L.

William Thaddeus Coleman

Laura Beatrice (Mason) Coleman

Lovida Hardin

William Thaddeus III Coleman,

Lovida Hardin Junior Coleman,

Hardin L. Coleman,