From the 2007 News Archive
Actor Charles Dutton to Speak at BLSA’s Annual Scholarship & Awards Banquet on Feb. 17
Baltimore native and actor/director Charles S. Dutton will be the keynote speaker at the 32nd Annual Black Law Student Association’s Scholarship and Awards Banquet on February 17. This year’s banquet, dedicated to the theme "Destined for Distinction," will begin at 7 p.m. at the Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore Hotel.
Awards to be presented include:AJ Cooper Award – Darah Okeke & Alicia Wilson.
Named after the founder of the Black Law Students Association and presented to a Maryland Law student who has furthered the distinguished legacy of the Black Law Students Association;Professor of the Year – Professor Doug Colbert.
Presented to a professor who has donated significant amounts of time, energy and service to the Black Law Students Association;Alumnus of the Year – Russell McClain.
Presented to an alumni who has committed their career to advancing the goals of the National Black Law Students Association;Unsung Hero Award – Rhona Williams.
Presented to a Maryland Law Student who has endured a significant amount of adversity in the pursuit of their legal education;BLSA Impact Award - Crystal Edwards.
Presented to a UMB community member who has contributed a significant amount of time and assistance to help in the furtherance of BLSA's programming and overall goals.
The University of Maryland chapter of the BLSA, one of the first and one of the largest in the nation, is active in recruiting and assisting African-American and other minority law students with their studies while in law school and preparing them for admission to and practice in the bar. The Maryland chapter is a vital, integral part of the local community and bar, sponsoring and/or participating in many community-oriented activities such as the BLSA-Booker T. Washington Middle School Tutorial Program, career day lectures on law as a career for young people, providing holiday baskets of food for needy members of the community and conducting clothing drives for women and children at local shelters for battered women.
Tickets for the banquet are $65 for faculty, $50 for alumni, and $25 for students. Beginning January 31, tickets may be purchased daily in the Law School’s atrium from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5-7 p.m. More information and reservations also are available by calling (410) 706-6069 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org