Nkechi Taifa, Esq

Why Work with Us >

Nkechi Taifa is available to assist you in meeting your goals - whether as keynote or plenary speaker, workshop facilitator, moderator or panelist - Taifa in her various capacities as attorney, activist, author or educator - has the expertise and skills to empower your audience.  Taifa's motivational speaking is captivating. Her customized, innovative and interactive presentations are accentuated by her high energy and creative style.  Her strategic consultations and expert technical assistance have optimized outcomes in academic, corporate, legal and community settings. 

Taifa specializes in topics at the intersections of justice, race, legacy, and empowerment. 

Let Nkechi Taifa help empower you, your institution or company, or your membership as your next:

CONVENTION SPEAKER - KEYNOTE ADDRESS -UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE LECTURE
WORKSHOP FACILITATOR - MODERATOR -PANELIST

SELECTED SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

For decades Nkechi has mesmerized audiences as keynote speaker, moderator, panelist, lecturer or interviewee on behalf of the following organizations, institutions, companies and media outlets:
 

  • Alliance of National Minority Law Enforcement Associations

  • American Association of Law Schools

  • American Civil Liberties Union

  • American Constitution Society

  • American University Washington College of Law

  • Amnesty International

  • Baltimore Jewish Council

  • Behind the Cycle

  • BET Live with Tavis Smiley

  • BET TV Our Voices

  • Black Law Students Association (BLSA)

  • Black Power Chronicles

  • Black Psychiatrists of America

  • Black Radical Congress

  • Black Voices for Peace

  • Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth

  • CATO Institute

  • Center for American Progress

  • Charles Hamilton Houston Preparatory Law Institute

  • Charles Koch Institute

  • CNN and Company

  • Congressional Black Associates

  • Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

  • C-SPAN

  • Council of State Governments

  • Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants

  • Department of Veterans Affairs

  • D.C. Bar District of Columbia Affairs Section

  • D.C. Bar Section on Criminal Law & Individual Rights

  • Drug Policy Alliance

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

  • Executives' Alliance of Boys and Men of Color

  • Fox Morning News

  • George Mason University

  • George Washington University Law School

  • Georgetown University Law School

  • GOOGLE

  • Harambee Internet Radio & TV

  • Harvard Law School

  • Howard University School of Law

  • Howard University 

  • Institute for Public Accuracy

  • Institute of the Black World 21st Century

  • International Concerned Families and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal

  • Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington

  • Maryland Legal Services Partnership

  • NAACP

  • NAACP-Legal Defense Fund

  • National African American Drug Policy Coalition

  • National Alliance Against Homelessness

  • National Alliance of Incar & Formerly Incarcerated Women & Girls

  • National Association of Black Journalists

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  • National Association for Public Interest Law

  • National Bar Association

  • National Black Caucus of State Legislators

  • National Black Law Students Association

  • National Black Police Association

  • National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America

  • National Conference of Black Lawyers

  • National Conference of State Legislators

  • National Convocation on Jail and Prison Ministry

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse

  • National Lawyers Guild

  • National Legal Aid & Defender Association

  • National Women's Law Center

  • National Voting Rights Institute

  • NewsTalk TV

  • New York University Law School

  • Peace and Justice Foundation

  • People's Congregational Church

  • People's University on the Mall - 30th Anniversary March on Wash.

  • Phelps Career Senior High School

  • Redeem the Dream Policy Institute

  • Roland Martin News One Now

  • Sackler Museum

  • Sankofa Conference

  • Shirley Chisholm Presidential Accountability Commission

  • South African Broadcasting Company

  • St. Thomas University Law School (MN)

  • Town of Bladensburg, MD

  • United Black Community

  • University of California - Berkeley

  • University of Connecticut School of Law

  • University of the District of Columbia

  • UDC David A. Clarke School of Law

  • University of North Carolina School of Law

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School

  • University of Virginia School of Law

  • U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Washington Association of Black Journalists

  • Washington Council of Lawyers

  • Washington Bar Association

  • Washington Office on Africa

  • WDCA-TV "Making a Difference"

  • WHUT Evening Exchange

  • WPFW - FM

  • Women's Legal Defense Fund

  • Yale Law School 

RECOGNITION & AWARDS

  • "Black Resistance Matters" Award, from the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee, 2017

  • “Equal Justice" Award from the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, 2017
     

  • Dad’s Award from Hope House, 2016
     

  • Wiley Branton Award from the National Bar Association, 2016

    Legacy Award from the Institute of the Black World 21st Century 2016

     

  • Marcus Garvey Outstanding Community Service Award, Universal Negro Improvement Assn,

         December 2015

 

  • Cornelius "Neil" Alexander Humanitarian Award from the DC Commission on Human Rights, December 2015

 

  • Wiley Branton Award from Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs,  June 2014

  • “Umoja Award,” from the National Black United Front, 2014
     

  • “Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding Advocacy” from Congresswoman Maxine Waters, September 2011

  • Recognition Award from "Crack the Disparity" Working Group,
    September 2010 

     

  • President's Award
    Washington Council of Lawyers
    December 2005

     

  • African Consciousness Award (Kwanzaa)
    United Black Community 
    December 2003

  • Featured in WCL News Forum, official newsletter of Washington Council of Lawyers
    August 21, 2001

     

  • Distinguished Faculty Award, from President and Provost of Howard University
    April 17, 2001

     

  • Certificade De Participacion, Universidad de la Habana, "Sociedad y Derecho en Cuba"
    March 23, 2001

     

  • Warren Rosmarian Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service, presented by Howard University School of Law
    May 2000

     

  • "Professor of the Year," presented by Howard Law School Student Bar Association
    May 2000

     

  • "Walking the Walk" Award, presented by Black Law Students Association Legislative Watch
    May 1999

     

  • Certificate of Appreciation
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    February 1999

     

  • Certificate of Appreciation 
    ABA Law Students Division
    1998-99

     

  • "Who's Who in American Law"
    9th Edition, 1996-97

     

  • "Outstanding Social Engineer Award for Invaluable Assistance and Tireless Dedication of Continuing the Legacy of Howard University School of Law," presented by the H.U. Law Student Bar Association'
    April 3, 1996

     

  • "Pro Bono Publico Award" for outstanding performance of H.U.'s Public Service Program, presented by Pro Bono Students America at the American Bar Association's Pro Bono Conference
    April 13, 1996

     

  • Profiled in Legal Times, "Guide to Key Lobbyists - Criminal Justice Scorecard: An Insider's Guide to the Major Players"
    August 9, 1993

     

  • "Motor Voter" Coalition Award for Enactment of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993
    May 25, 1993

     

  • "Hobson, King, Parks, Dougla, Heutte" Award for Legislative Advocacy on Behalf of D.C. Statehood
    December 1, 1993

     

  • Profiled in National Journal, "Interest Groups"
    ​October 26, 1991