Robert Belton
Vanderbilt Law School
131 21st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
Work Phone: (615)322-2856
Fax Phone: (615)322-6631
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Retired Vanderbilt Law School professor Robert Belton died Feb. 9, 2012, after suffering a stroke. He was 76. A nationally recognized scholar of labor and employment and civil rights law, Belton joined Vanderbilt's faculty in 1975 and became the first African American to be granted tenure at the school. He was a popular and beloved teacher and mentor who particularly enjoyed working with students interested in social justice. He played an important role in mentoring minority law students, serving as faculty adviser to the Black Law Students Association and working with other African American faculty on issues of equality. On the national stage, Belton was a trailblazer in civil rights as an activist and attorney. From 1965 to 1970, he served as assistant counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where he headed a litigation campaign to enforce employment non-discrimination laws and represented the organization in several high profile Supreme Court cases. From 1970 to 1975, he practiced law as a partner at Chambers Stein Ferguson & Lanning in Charlotte, N.C., one of the first racially integrated firms in the South. Belton earned his law degree from Boston University in 1965.

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Year Licensed: 1966
Year Licensed in Tennessee: 1980
Other Licenses: NY, NC