NCBL successfully fought for Lumumba's right of representation.
After demonstrations and persistent protest by NCBL and other organizations, the US Attorney dropped his opposition, and Lumumba entered the case and provided excellent representation.
Margaret Burnham appeared on behalf of NCBL in the case, United States v.
With NCBL leaders Louis Myers and Lennox Hinds, Lumumba appeared in defense of Black Liberation Army member Assata Shakur, who was convicted of first-degree murder in 1977 and escaped from prison in 1979.
NCBL lawyers Adjoa Aiyetoro and Jeffrey Edison successfully challenged this decision, and in 1991 Lumumba opened a general practice, specializing in criminal matters.
Lumumba was represented in the matter by NCBL attorneys Imhotep Alkebu-lan, Adjoa Aiyetoro, and Jeffrey Edison.
In 1987 Lumumba joined forces with many members of NCBL, including Adjoa Aiyetoro, N'Kechi Taifa, and Imhotep Alkebu-lan, to form the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N'COBRA).
103) Haywood led NCBL delegations to Cuba and other Caribbean nations and participated in the work of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers in South Africa, Namibia, and Ireland.
From South Africa, Haywood was faxing a motion to dismiss disciplinary charges against an NCBL attorney who had told a reporter outside the courthouse that a judge's ruling "clear as black and white .
CUNY Law School professor and NCBL veteran Victor Goode recalls that Haywood was given only a small office, a desk, and a telephone in the back of co-chairman Floyd McKissick's office on 125th Street in Harlem.
Marlene Archer & Margaret Burnham, Haywood Burns & Shanara Gilbert: In Memoriam, NCBL NOTES 3 (Spring 1996).