Clarence Dunnaville is a well-known attorney, civil rights veteran, legal reformer, author and activist for Justice.  He has been active in the civil rights movement since the 1950s, when he begun by participating in sit-ins during college.  Dunnaville, as a college student was at the Supreme Court argument of Brown v. Board of Education in December of 1953, and participated in the March on Washington in 1963.  Dunnaville traveled to Mississippi to enforce the voting rights of black Americans as a volunteer attorney with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in 1967 and was chased out of one Mississippi town by a Sheriff with a shotgun when attempting to protect the rights of a black citizen.  In later years he came to know Thurgood Marshall and his family and became a close friend and confident of Oliver W. Hill and Spottswood Robinson, the attorneys that tried the Virginia case,  Davis v. Prince Edward County,  which was one of the five cases consolidated into Brown v. Board of Educaton  and argued the case in the United States Supreme Court.  Dunnaville was the first lawyer of color employed by the Internal Revenue Service and he also was the first black lawyer hired by AT&T.  His career as a pioneer business lawyer and civil rights activist spans five decades.

Dunnaville would be pleased to be your next keynote speaker at your college, law school, corporation, conference, meeting, engagement or events about: Success, Diversity, Inclusion, Civil Rights, Corporate Law, Environmental Law, Segregation, Discrimination and growing up in Virginia during the Jim Crow era for a sliding scale honorarium.  

The Virginia Law Foundation Celebrates the Career of Clarence M. Dunnaville, Jr. (Fellows Class of 2013).

Featuring a tribute by Hon. Roger L. Gregory (Fellows Class of 1990).

At the Virginia Law Foundation’s Annual Fellows Dinner on January 19, 2017 in Colonial Williamsburg, several Fellows, including Dunnaville were honored for their remarkable achievements as citizen lawyers, trailblazing judges, and selfless servants to their communities on film entitled, A Celebration of Our Fellows (2017 Fellows Dinner).

The following is an excerpt on Dunnaville from a special video presentation produced by Virginia CLE which is available on the Foundation’s website ( 

Clarence Dunnaville receiving the 2016 Strong Men and Women Award.  In accepting the Award sponsored by Dominion Resources and the Library of Virginia, Dunnaville chose not to talk about his past accomplishments but about the issues he is currently involved: reforming the school to prison pipeline and advocating diversity.