2018-2019 Section Report
The African-American Lawyers Section (“AALS”) supports local African-American bar associations and Black Law Student Associations (“BLSA”) by providing financial assistance to support legal education, community engagement and equal justice initiatives. AALS was pleased to sponsor the following events, all of which raised scholarships for minority students: Houston Lawyers Association Scholarship and Awards Gala, J. L. Turner Legal Association Foundation Scholarship Gala (Dallas), L. Clifford Davis Legal Association Gala (Fort Worth), San Antonio Black Lawyers Association Scholarship Gala and Virgil C. Lott Golf Classic (Austin Black Lawyers Association).
The section hosted “Meet & Greets” designed to connect BLSA students, local bar leaders and AALS members, develop relationships and encourage involvement in their organizations and Section. AALS also granted sponsorship requests to BLSA chapters to allow them to attend their regional, state and national conventions and competitions.
We hosted our third Annual Summit at UNT Dallas College of Law, which offered our members six hours of free CLE with panelist from state and federal judges, in-house counsel and experienced trial attorneys. This year, the AALS recognized Wesley Terrell (Trailblazer Award), Hon. Tonya Parker (Distinguished Jurist Award), and Rhonda Hunter (Outstanding Achievement Award).