ERIC E. VICKERS, Doctor of Jurisprudence.
1975 B. A. Political Science Washington University – St. Louis
M.A. Urban Studies Occidental College – Los Angeles, Ca.
Juris Doctorate University of Virginia School of Law – Charlottesville, Va (the law school ranks eight in the nation-click the link)
CHRONOLOGY OF CAREER EXPERIENCES
1970 – Graduated from University City High School following parents moving to U. City from East. St. Louis, Ill. in 1967.
1970 – 1973 Forest Park Community College
1973 – 1975 Washington University St. Louis
1975 – 1976 CORO Foundation Fellow St. Louis. CORO annually selects thirty-six (36) “Fellows” nationally and prepares them for leadership in public affairs through providing month-long internships in government, business, media, labor, and community organizations - in addition to providing intensive training in group dynamics.
1976 – 1978 Monsanto Company – Director of Training; Labor Relations Specialist
1978 – 1981 University of Virginia School of Law
1981 – 1983 Associate Attorney Bryan Cave law firm. St. Louis, Mo.
1983 – 1990 Vickers, Moore & Wiest law firm. St. Louis, Mo.
1990 – 2000 Vickers & Associates law firm. St. Louis, Mo.
2000 – 2002 Founder and President, Coalition for North St. Louis Economic Development, Inc. (“CNSLED”). CNSLED created strategic alliance with major banks to invest $100 million in north St. Louis to spur inner city economic development through providing minority businesses access to capital and technical support services.
2002 – 2003 Executive Director American Muslim Council. Washington, D.C.
2003 – 2008 Founder and Spokesperson Rosa Parks Minority Inclusion Initiative, an economic initiative that targeted eleven (11) major construction projects in the St. Louis area totaling $3.6 billion in construction for inclusion of minorities and women.
2008 – Present Eric E. Vickers & Associates law firm.
Licensed to Practice Law: State of Missouri; U.S. District Court Eastern Division of Missouri.
Board of Directors Gateway National Bank St. Louis
Board of Directors St. Louis Gateway Classic Sports Foundation
Chairman of Board Islamic Center of Greater St. Louis
Board of Directors American Muslim Alliance – Fresno, California
Special Counsel Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. Washington D.C. - Founded by Maryland Congressman Parren Mitchell
Had two private meetings with President George W. Bush, the first at the White House in 2011 -two weeks following 911 and regarding the 911 attack.
Made Muslim ritual Pilgrimage to Mecca (Saudi Arabia) known as Hajj - February 2002
Associate Professor History Department University of Virginia – 1979 -1981
Lecturer to Bar on Constitutional Law
Candidate U.S. Congress - 1994, 2000
Initiated and represented minority contractors in federal lawsuit resulting in 25% minority and 5% female goals being established as the law on all St. Louis City contracts pursuant to 1989 Federal Court Consent Decree. See St. Louis Minority Contractors Association v. City of St. Louis et al., Cause No. 88-1587-C-4 (U.S. District Court Eastern District Missouri 1989).
First attorney to successfully sue a Missouri judge for violating a constitutional right. See Carol Davis v. City of Charleston et al., 915 F. 2d 1502 (8th Cir. 1990).
Established legal rights of minority and women businesses with precedent setting litigation in West Palm Beach and Orlando, Florida; Austin, Texas; and Oakland, California.
Author of book, And Men Don’t Talk, a compilation of short fictional stories, poems, and essays, with title derived from my upbringing of men being about action, rather than talk.