Koskoff awarded Thurgood Marshall Award

Koskoff smiles in his seat during the event.

Honoring a lifetime of service

Michael Koskoff, a respected Connecticut trial lawyer, was awarded our School of Law's Thurgood Marshall Award on Wednesday during a ceremony hosted by the Black Law Students Association. The annual award is named after Thurgood Marshall, the first African American appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, in 1967.

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ichael Koskoff, a respected Connecticut trial lawyer, was presented the Thurgood Marshall Award on Wednesday night by the Quinnipiac Black Law Students Association. 

The annual award is named after Marshall, the first African-American appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1967.

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Koskoff, a principal with Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder, has defended the Black Panthers in a landmark case and won lawsuits against the cities of Bridgeport and New Haven for their discriminatory hiring practices.

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Pobee-Mensah welcomes guests from a podium.

Major award

Charles Pobee-Mensah JD '18, president of the Black Law Students Association, delivers opening remarks on March 28, during The Thurgood Marshal Award Ceremony hosted by the Black Law Students Association.

As a storyteller and screenwriter, Koskoff co-wrote the screenplay for “Marshall,” last year’s critically acclaimed film about the time Thurgood Marshall came to Connecticut to defend a black man in a racially charged case in 1941.

“[Marshall] chose to risk his life every day and fight for justice,” Koskoff said. “That’s what a lawyer is, that’s what a trial lawyer does. They go and they fight for justice.”

Isa Mujahid and Camelle Scott-Mujahid, founders and directors of CTCORE-Organize Now!, received the Community Service Award from the Black Law Students Association.

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Quinnipiac professors stand at the event.

Law celebration

Quinnipiac Professor of Law and Faculty Adviser Marilyn Ford, in yellow, sings "Lift Every Voice and Sing" on Wednesday, March 28, during The Thurgood Marshal Award Ceremony hosted by the Black Law Students Association.

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“We’re especially moved to be receiving this award from young, black leaders,” Scott-Mujahid said. “It’s really you all who are going to be the future of this movement and the future of this world. I am so inspired by this generation.”

“We knew community-building was really going to be the key to our liberation,” Scott-Mujahid said. “We had seen [institutional racism] in action so many times over the last couple of years, both as we challenged police departments, city governments and state leaders.”

The Black Law Students Association at Quinnipiac is a vibrant, socially active group with nearly 50 members. Previous winners of the Thurgood Marshall Award include Hillary Rodham Clinton, Johnny Cochran, Carlotta Walls LaNier of the Little Rock Nine and Freedom Rider Lula White.