About Us

Mission Statement
Thurgood Marshall Bar Association is a contemporary bar association committed to connect, support, and increase the Black legal community in Orange County. TMBA strives to promote diversity, professional improvement, and the advancement of justice through positive community involvement and excellence in the practice of law for the Black legal community, allies, and the community at large.

Thurgood Marshall Bar Association
Thurgood Marshall Bar Association emphasizes excellence and integrity in the practice of law, increased diversity, multi-culturalism and community service.

Diversity and equality form the core of the American landscape. Unlike most other nations, both past and present, America boasts of its tolerance, and promotes itself as a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious nation. Though diversity and equality form the core of our representative democracy, our journey to a more perfect union that fully realizes the legal, political and social benefits of these principles continues.

As we seek to further our journey toward increased inclusiveness, diversity and equality, Thurgood Marshall Bar Association also seeks to honor our namesake, who devoted his professional life to realizing those principles.

Thurgood Marshall Bar Association is an affiliate of the Orange County Bar Association.

Thurgood Marshall
Thurgood Marshall was the 96th Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Justice Marshall was the Court’s first African-American Justice on the United States Supreme Court.

Even before his appointment to the Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall made a lasting contributions to civil rights jurisprudence through his advocacy. For example, he was lead attorney in Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark decision that abolished the archaic standard of “separate but equal” by holding that that laws requiring racial separation are inherently unequal. Thurgood Marshall led the way to a new jurisprudence which to this day can be used to defend the rights of those who have traditionally received “the short end of the stick.”

Numerous individuals, from all walks of life, have benefitted from Thurgood Marshall’s efforts to increase access to the American dream of equality and fairness. Women, persons of all races, ethnicities and religious backgrounds, and other persons traditionally less included, are now more included in our society, and our profession, because of the efforts of Thurgood Marshall. We are proud to bear his name.

Founder Members
Thurgood Marshall Bar Association was conceived and formed by a diverse group of attorneys practicing law in Orange County, California.

Michael Gregg is a shareholder at the prominent national employment law firm of Littler Mendelson.

Connie Louis is employed by the Service Employees International Union, which represents 2.2 million employees in United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Carolyn Carlisle is an Orange County senior deputy district attorney who currently serves as filing deputy for one of the branches of Orange County Superior Court.

Former federal prosecutor Daphne Sykes Scott was an Orange County deputy district attorney until her appointment as a superior court judge by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; and Marion Wheeler, our organizing president, after serving for over sixteen years with the Orange County Public Defender’s Office, currently enjoys a thriving private practice in criminal defense.