Karen Hastie Williams, Barrier-Breaking Attorney, Dies at 76

“She gave voice to the idea of sponsorship, of actively mentoring ladies,” Susan Hoffman, a associate at Crowell & Moring, stated in an interview. “She didn’t sit back again and say, ‘Good luck!’”

Karen Roberta Hastie was born on Sept. 30, 1944, in Washington. Her father, William H. Hastie, was himself a racial pioneer: In 1937 he grew to become the first Black guy to provide as a Federal District Court judge, a position he left to develop into dean of the legislation school at Howard College.

In 1946, when Karen was 2, President Harry S. Truman appointed her father

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