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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With James M. Harkless

Hickey, Matthew; Stearns, Scott; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Lawyer James M. Harkless was born on April 19, 1931. He attended Harvard University where he received his A.B. degree in history in 1952, and his J.D. degree in 1955. Harkless was appointed chief clerk of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in 1956. He then served as general counsel for a sub-committee of the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee. In 1962, Harkless became the first African American appellate court attorney in the office of the National Labor Relations Board General Counsel. He was hired as an arbitrator and associate umpire for the Bethlehem Steel Company and United Steelworkers of America in 1970. Harkless received arbitration assignments from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the American Arbitration Association, the National Mediation Board, and served as permanent arbitrator for numerous companies, federal agencies and their unions. In 1998, he was appointed the first African American president of the National Academy of Arbitrators.
Performers
Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
512 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with James M. Harkless
James M. Harkless
Credits
Videographer, Matthew Hickey.; Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Washington, District of Columbia 2014 January 29.
Recorded Washington, District of Columbia 2014 March 17.
Recorded Washington, District of Columbia 2017 January 30.
Description
1 online resource (17 video files (8 hr., 31 min., 48 sec.)) : sound, color
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