The Charles Hamilton Houston Scholarship Competition
The WBAEF Charles Hamilton Houston Essay Competition is held each year in honor of the brilliant Charles Hamilton Houston. Charles Hamilton Houston was one of the most important civil rights attorneys in American history. A lawyer, in his view, was an agent for social change—“either a social engineer or a parasite on society.” Houston helped play a role in dismantling the Jim Crow laws and helped train future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Known as “The Man Who Killed Jim Crow”, he played a role in nearly every civil rights case before the Supreme Court between 1930 and Brown v. Board of Education (1954). Houston’s brilliant plan to attack and defeat Jim Crow segregation by using the inequality of the “separate but equal” doctrine (from the Supreme Court’s Plessy v. Ferguson decision) as it pertained to public education in the United States was the master stroke that brought about the landmark Brown decision. The Charles Hamilton Houston Scholarship Essay Competition is open to all first and second year law students. Winners will receive: $3,000 1st Place, $2,000 2nd Place, and $1,000 3rd Place.
The Judge Eugene Hamilton Scholarship Competition
The WBAEF Chief Judge Eugene Hamilton Scholarship Competition is held each year in recognition of the Chief Judge Eugene Hamilton’s many contributions to the legal community. Throughout Chief Judge Hamilton’s career he embodied wisdom, professionalism, compassion and humility. He served as a judge for more than three decades and became the second African American to hold the position of Chief Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Chief Judge Hamilton also served on the faculty of Harvard Law School and taught as an adjunct professor at American University Washington College of Law. Chief Judge Hamilton was a respected leader, teacher and mentor who had a keen interest in juvenile justice initiatives. His passion for working with young people extended beyond the courtroom and afforded him the title of the “People’s Judge.” The Chief Judge Eugene Hamilton Scholarship Competition is open to any day or evening law student who is not graduating the year of the competition. The winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship.