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1205, 2022

See you at Top Golf?

Let’s Kick-Off the Summer with a DMV Black Bar Association Top Golf Event! The major Black Bar Associations in the DMV are coming together to kick-off the summer season with an epic social event that

205, 2022

Nominations Are Now Open for the Washington Bar Association’s Class of 2022 Hall of Fame and the Inaugural Joseph H. Hairston Vanguard Award

WBA HALL OF FAME SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MONDAY, MAY 16, 2022 Eligible nominees for the WBA Hall of Fame must be members of the Washington Bar Association who have practiced law for at least 25 years,

In support of this year’s goal of preserving the rich history and legacy of the Washington Bar Association, we are pleased to introduce The WBA Legacy Series podcast. The first two episodes—recorded in September and October—are now available for your listening pleasure on the WBA’s new SoundCloud page. Enjoy, and stay tuned!

In the inaugural episode of the Washington Bar Association (WBA) Legacy Series President Kendra Perkins Norwood sits down with Wiley’s Chief Diversity Officer Rashida MacMurray-Abdullah to discuss the seven Black lawyers in the District of Columbia who founded the WBA in 1925 to advance juris prudence as they were all navigating a racially exclusive society and judicial system. The seven founders include Charles Hamilton Houston, George E.C. Hayes, J. Franklin Wilson, Ulysses Simpson Garnes, Isaiah Lisemby, Louis Rothchild Mehlinger, and Charles E. Robinson. During this episode, they discuss the path that Charles Hamilton Houston, George E.C. Hayes, and Louis Rothchild Mehlinger took to become founders and pioneers in the legal industry and advancing civil rights.

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In the second episode of the Washington Bar Association (WBA) Legacy Series, WBA President Kendra Perkins Norwood speaks with Past President and long-time historian of the WBA, Robert Bell, to discuss one of the WBA’s most revered and celebrated members, Attorney Ollie May Cooper. They discuss Ms. Cooper’s legacy, advocacy, and groundbreaking accomplishments in conjunction with the WBA’s 43rd Ollie May Cooper Award Ceremony. As a magna cum laude graduate of Howard Law School in 1921, Ms. Cooper was one of only two women in her class, and she was the first Black woman admitted to the bar by examination. Regarding Ms. Cooper’s incredible accomplishments in the legal community, Mr. Bell recounts the sentiments of WBA Past President Dr. J. Clay Smith, who noted that no one should go through life not knowing the role that Black women have played in the development of the law.

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