Donald M. Temple is the Principal of Donald Temple. P.C., a Washington, DC law firm (Temple Law Offices ) whose practice areas include civil and commercial litigation. He received his LL.M. in international and constitutional law from Georgetown University Law Center, his J.D. from the University of Santa Clara in 1978 and a B.A. from Howard University. He also studied at the Rene Cassin International Institute for Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. He is admitted to practice law before state and federal courts in the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania, the United States District Courts in the States of Maryland and Michigan, the Third, Fourth and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Temple has been in private practice for almost twenty years.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Temple served as Senior Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the District of Columbia under the Chairmanship of the Honorable Ronald Dellums. Mr. Temple is a former candidate for the District of Columbia's Delegate seat in the U.S. House of Representatives; he campaigned against Eleanor Holmes Norton in 1990. He has worked on numerous political campaigns including congressional races and Mayoral races in Chicago, Philadelphia and New York, which led to the respective elections of their first African-American Mayors.
Over the last thirty years, Temple has served in numerous leadership positions in the District of Columbia, including founder of the Charles Hamilton Houston Legal Education Institute (a summer law school preparatory program for minority students now in its thirtieth year); former Chairman of the District of Columbia Civilian Complaint Review Board; former President of D.C. Chapter National Conference of Black Lawyers, Board Member of Washington Bar Association, founder and former president of Concerned Black Men (Washington DC Chapter), President of Charlotte E. Ray Inn of Court, Co-founder and former President of Congressional Black Associates, former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Capitol Commitment, a non-profit telecommunications corporation, and founder and alumni member of Ubiquity Social Fellowship at Howard University. He presently serves as Chairman of the Congress Heights Community Development Corporation and on the Boards of Directors for Archbishop Carroll High School, the Columbia Heights Youth Center and the Kaiser Family Foundation Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program. Temple’s many commendations include National Bar Association’s Cora T. Walker Award, the prestigious National Bar Association's Gertrude E. Rush Award, Howard University Community Service Award and the Washington Bar Association’s Ollie Mae Cooper Award.
Temple has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including 48 Hours, Phil Donahue, Cross Fire, CNN Burden of Proof, Court TV, The View, America's Black Forum, CNN News, BET News and BET Talk.