Book of Condolence Opens for Associate Justice Simpson

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Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor was yesterday joined by several dignitaries including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to sign the book of condolence in honor of the late Associate Justice Cllr. Clarence Lorenzo Simpson Jr.

Cllr. Simpson died on January 30 at age 83.

His remains will today, Friday, be removed from the Samuel A. Stryker Funeral Parlor and taken to the Temple of Justice for viewing at 5 p.m.

Later the body will be taken to the Trinity Cathedral on Broad Street in Monrovia for wake keeping.

Born on June 15, 1933 in Monrovia, Cllr. Simpson completed his secondary education at the Williston Academy, East Hampton, Massachusetts, USA.

He later entered the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and graduated in 1953 with a B.A. in Political Science and Government. Upon his graduation that same year, Cllr. Simpson enrolled at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he also earned LLB in Law.

After earning a law degree in the US, Cllr. Simpson returned home in 1958 to contribute his quota to the development of the Liberian state as epitomized in his services rendered in the government and academic spheres.

He commenced working with the government in 1958 as a Legal Counsel for the Department of Public Works and Utilities, now Ministry of Public Works.

He later joined the Supreme Court bar in 1961, and in 1964 he was appointed by the late President William V.S. Tubman as Associate Justice of the High Court on the James A.A. Pierre Bench.

Cllr. Simpson served as Associate Justice until 1971, when he resigned to serve as the first Associate Justice to become Attorney General, Minister of Justice. He served as Attorney General up to 1974, when he resigned from government and entered private life.

Still in active law practice, Cllr. Simpson was the founder of the Simpson Law Firm, which was established in 1958 with the late Cllr. Peter Amos George. In 1959, his late father, Cllr. Clarence L. Simpson Sr., who was then Vice President to President Tubman, retired from government and joined to lead the Simpson Law Firm.

Upon the death of his father, the Simpson Law Firm’s nomenclature was later changed to the Bright and Cooper Law Firm. He later reopened the firm in 1975.

He was a member of the Episcopal Church of Liberia and served two terms as Diocesan Chancellor.

Cllr. Simpson also served as a member of the Board of Trustee of several institutions and a member of the Board of Directors of several corporations.

He later retired from active practice, but did consultancy and at the request of the late Chief Justice Johnnie L. Lewis. Cllr. Simpson served as Chairman of the Grievance and Ethics Committee of the Supreme Court, and as member and secretary of the Judiciary Inquiry Commission, a position he resigned in 2011.

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