Meanwhile, black attorneys from the city's heavyweight firms were at the ready to defend the embassy protesters in court. Among those coordinating the defense effort was James L. Hudson of Hudson, Leftwich & Davenport.
Before the protests, Hudson, Leftwich had represented TransAfrica, a lobbying group on black issues that helped organize the demonstrations. Most of the attorneys have been involved in the TransAfrica cause, Hudson said.
Hudson's clients in the recent arrests were Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) and Civil Rights Commission member Mary Frances Berry.
John Payton of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, went to court for D.C. Del. Walter E. Fauntroy, Rep. Charles A. Hayes (D-Ill.) and Joseph E. Lowery, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Robert P. Watkins of Williams & Connolly made appearances for Rep. Ronald V. Dellums (D-Calif.), United Auto Workers vice president Marc Stepp and D.C. City Council member Hilda Mason.
Daryl Chamblee of Steptoe & Johnson and Alphonso Christian of Hogan & Hartson teamed up on the defense work for Gary, Ind., Mayor Richard G. Hatcher, Gerald W. McEntee, international president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and Yolanda King, daughter of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Iverson O. Mitchell, past president of the Washington Bar Association, went to bat for Reps. George W. Crockett Jr. (D-Mich.) and Don Edwards (D-Calif.) and Leonard Ball, national coordinator of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.