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Monday, 9 November 2015
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " MICHELE A, ROBERTS " IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYERS ASSOCATION AND THE FIRST WOMAN TO HOLD THAT POSITION : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY
Michele A. Roberts is the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association. She is the first woman to hold that position and the first woman to head a major professional sports union in North America. She is an attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
Roberts was raised in a housing project in the South Bronx. She attended a prep school in the New York City suburbs. She earned her B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1977 and her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley in 1980. She began her career in 1980 at Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. She served in that role for eight years, rising to the chief of the trial division. She was mentored by attorney Charles Ogletree.
Roberts built her reputation as a trial lawyer. She worked for Akin Gump from 2004 to 2011. In 2011 she was hired by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
Roberts was named executive director of the National Basketball Players Association in July 2014. She succeeded Billy Hunter in the position, who was ousted for incompetence and nepotism. She received 32 of 36 votes.
In 2014 she was named one of ESPNW's Impact 25.