Oct. 20, 2015 – University of Houston Law Center alumnus and longtime equal rights advocate Marvin Nathan has assumed his latest role as national chairman of the Anti-Defamation League at a time when he sees anti-Semitism increasing around the world and extremism in the U.S. played out almost daily in headlines.
With 27 regional offices in the U.S. and one in Israel, Nathan said the mission of the 102-year-old organization remains two-fold: To stop the defamation of Jewish people and to secure justice and equality for all people.
"Issues change over time," he said, "and continue to be a challenge for the ADL and other organizations." He cited last summer's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality as a recent success while noting racism and inequality remain a primary focus. "Extremism continues to ramp up on both the left and the right," he said.
Nathan is a founding partner of the firm of Nathan Sommers Jacobs where he practices in the areas of real estate, general corporate, and business organization law.
He is a longtime supporter of the University of Houston and the Law Center, which awarded him the Volunteer of the Year Award in 1994 and 1995, the Law Alumni Association President's Award in 1991, the Dean's Award in 1993 and 2004, and the Alumnus of the Year Award in 1997. The University of Houston awarded him the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2008.