Wayne State University Law School Receives Papers of Congressman John Conyers

Judge Leith and Congressman Conyers

The Damon J. Keith Collection of African American Legal History at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit has announced that it has received the donation of the papers of John Conyers relating to the 24 terms he has spent in the United States House of Representatives. Representatives Conyers, the former chair of the House Judiciary Committee, earned his law degree at Wayne State in 1958.

“Judge Keith and I share a lifelong friendship, and we are both alumni of Wayne Law,” Conyers said in announcing his decision to donate his papers to the university. “The Keith Collection was a natural fit for my materials.”

Judge Keith was nominated to the federal court in 1967 and since 1977 has held a seat on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Keith, now 89 years old, said that “I am honored that Congressman Conyers has decided to donate his papers to the Keith Collection. He has made significant contributions as an African American in the law.”

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