From the 2011 News Archive
Recent Grad Daria Awusah Wins Charles Hamilton Houston Essay Scholarship Competition
Congratulations to newly minted alumna Daria Awusah who was recently named a winner of the Washington Bar Association (WBA) Charles Hamilton Houston Essay Scholarship Competition. Awusah’s winning essay is entitled “A Jury of My Peers in an Increasingly Globalized Society: The Affect and the Effect of Ethnic and Racial Diversity in the 21st Century Jury Pool.”
The Washington Bar Association’s Charles Hamilton Houston Essay Scholarship Competition is open to all first-, second-, and third-year day or evening law students. Entrants to the 2011 competition were required to write and submit an essay on the topic: "Whether Considerations of Race and Ethnicity Affect the 21st Century Jury Pool." Winners were selected on the basis of their essay, interview and supporting materials.
The Washington Bar Association, one of the first African American Bar associations in the country, was formed in 1925 by such legal luminaries as Charles Hamilton Houston, George E.C. Hayes, Ulysses Simpson Garnes, Isaiah Lisemby, Louis Rothchild Mehlinger, Charles E. Robinson, and J. Franklin Wilson. The WBA was created simultaneously with the National Bar Association (NBA) and is an affiliate chapter of that organization. Like the NBA, the WBA is concerned with the advancement of jurisprudence, self benefit, group enhancement in a racially exclusive society and judicial system, and group protection.