Howard University

Howard University Law Alumni Association Annual Meeting & Breakfast

Howard University Law Alumni Association Annual Meeting & Breakfast

Monday, August 1, 2011
The Hilton Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland

For Immediate Release
July 28, 2011

Contact: Jacqueline Young
Director of Publications and External Communications

Howard Law School Administrators to attend the National Bar Association Convention

Members of the law school administration will be making the drive up Interstate 95 to Baltimore, Maryland, to attend the 86th Annual Convention of the National Bar Association. The convention will be held from July 31-August, 4, 2011. The NBA is the nation’s oldest and largest association of African American lawyers and judges. Dean Kurt L. Schmoke, Associate Dean Dione Duckett, Assistant Dean Reginald McGahee.

On Monday, August 1, the deans and directors will be attending the annual breakfast meeting of the Howard University Law Alumni Association (HULAA). This year, HULAA plans to award outstanding alumni honors to Warner Lawson Jr., a 1969 graduate of the law school and a member of the faculty. Additionally, HULAA will recognize Professor Emeritus Oliver “Red” Morse and Career Services Director LuEllen Conti for their dedication and service to the law school. “These three individuals have toiled effortlessly to raise the bar for Howard, thus enhancing and enriching the students’ academic experience at Howard University School of Law,” said HULAA President Kevin D. Judd, a member of the class of 1992. The annual meeting and breakfast will be held at the Hilton Baltimore.

A Legacy of Defending the Constitution

The law school’s celebrated pictorial history book, A Legacy of Defending the Constitution, Howard University School of Law: 1869-2009, will be available at the NBA convention. The book honors law school legends John Mercer Langston, Charles Hamilton Houston, James M. Nabrit Jr., Thurgood Marshall, and many other notable graduates, professors, and scholars who were affiliated with the law school in the past 140 years. The books will be on sale for $20.

Associate Dean Duckett, a 1995 graduate of the School of Law and Assistant Dean McGahee, a 2002 graduate, regularly attend the NBA convention. Both agree that the proximity to Washington is an added benefit because it will afford them more time to talk to their fellow alumni, friends, and NBA members about the exciting things happening at the law school. The convention’s location in Baltimore this year also has special significance for Dean Schmoke. A native Baltimorean, he was also the city’s mayor from 1987 to 1999. During his tenure as mayor, Schmoke initiated a number of programs in the areas of housing, education, public health, and economic development. He is very proud that the National Bar Association is hosting its annual convention in “his city.”

To arrange an interview with the deans, please contact Jacqueline Young at (202) 806-8084.

About the Howard University School of Law:

One of the oldest law programs in the country, Howard University School of Law started as the Howard University Law Department on January 6, 1869, under the leadership of Professor John Mercer Langston. In 1870, Langston was appointed dean. The department opened its two-year LL.B. degree program with six students and increased to 22 by the close of the session on June 30, 1869. The school officially extended its requirements for graduation from two years to three years in 1900. During this fledgling period, classes were held three nights a week in the homes and offices of instructors. In 1931, the law school was accredited by the American Bar Association and, in the same year, was granted membership in the Association of American Law Schools. In 1974, the school purchased the Dunbarton College campus at 2900 Van Ness Street, N.W., its current location. Today, the School of Law graduates over 150 law students per year and has nearly 5,000 active alumni.

updated: July 28, 2011