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By Jo-Ann English
University News
June 13, 2011

Howard Graduates Achieve Significant Milestones in Legal Profession

WASHINGTON – Three Howard University graduates who took advanced coursework in public policy as undergraduates have achieved significant career milestones this spring.

Noni Ellison-Southall (B.A. ’93) and Jonathan C. Augustine (B.A. ’94)were recently selected by the National Bar Association as 2011 “Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40.”  The award recognizes African-Americans in the legal community who have achieved prominence and distinction in leadership, service and activism. Zakiyyah Salim-Williams (B.A. ’98) was recently appointed chief diversity officer at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
Noni Ellison-Southal
Noni Ellison-Southal

Ellison-Southall, senior counsel for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., graduated magna cum laude from Howard University in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in administration of justice and communications. She simultaneously earned a jurist doctorate, master of business administration, and certification in health administration and policy from the University of Chicago. Among her teachers:  Barack Obama and Elena Kagan, now a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

Ellison-Southall has also received the National Council of Negro Women’s "Tribute to Black Women Community Leaders" award; the Trumpet Award Foundation’s “High Heels in High Places” award and is featured in recent editions of Who’s Who In Black Atlanta.

Jonathan C. Augustine graduated from Howard in 1994. He participated in a number of organizations, including the Undergraduate Student Assembly (UGSA), U.S. Army ROTC, and the Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. After four years as an active duty  infantry officer in the U.S. Army, Augustine earned a jurist doctorate from Tulane University Law School.

Augustine currently is deputy executive director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission. Prior to that appointment, he was elected vice president of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board, the governing body of Louisiana's largest public school district. He has also practiced law as a member of Satchel Augustine LLC.
Jonathan C. Augustine
Jonathan C. Augustine
Zakiyyah Salim-Williams
Zakiyyah Salim-Williams

Salim-Willimas graduated summa cum laude from Howard in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She later graduated from Columbia Law School where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and editor-in-chief of the National Black Law Journal.

Most recently, she was director of diversity with the Association of the Bar of the City of New York's Office for Diversity. In that position, she counseled other attorneys on career development.  She won the Diversity Champion Award from the City Bar in 2007.

Ellison-Southall, Augustine and Salim-Williams were all Howard University Patricia Roberts Harris Fellows, an organization whose purpose is to complement the university’s course offerings in areas related to public policy and to encourage students to consider careers in public service.

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