Special to the Daily World
The National Bar Association (NBA), the largest group of African-American lawyers and judges, met for their 87th Annual Convention and Meetings at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, recently, July 14-19. The convention addressed various issues and legal matters including voter empowerment, gaming, health laws, education and more.
John Page, Esq. was sworn in as the new NBA president, taking over the leadership position for Daryl Parks, Esq. The NBA also recognized several leaders for their outstanding work in the legal field and within their communities.
Sixteen awards were presented to members including to Benjamin Crump, Esq; Linnes Finney, Jr., Esq.; D. Peter Herbert, Esq. (O.B.E.); John W. Boyd, Jr., Esq.; Greg Francis, Esq. and Toyota. Other award recipients included The Minority Corporate Counsel Association, VAULT, Juliette Pryor, Esq. and Laurie N. Robinson, Esq., who were all presented with the 2012 Pinnacle Award. The National Bar teamed with Impact to recognize the Nation’s Best Advocates: Top 40 Lawyers Under 40. The recipients of the Nation’s Best Advocate of the Year, Excellence in Leadership, Service, Activism, and Innovation Awards were also presented.
The event welcomed several special guests including panelists Barbara Arnwine (Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law), Donna Brazile (Democratic National Committee) and Gary Flowers (Black Leadership Forum). The three political advocates led the Presidential Showcase Forum on voter empowerment and election protection. Forum guests also participated in election protection training. High-profile case attorneys Benjamin Crump, Esq. and President Daryl Parks, Esq. (attorneys for Trayvon Martin’s family) along with Chris Chestnut, Esq. (attorney for Robert Champion’s family in the FAMU hazing case) were featured speakers for the “Update from the Experts” panel and offered details of their respective cases.
The parents of Trayvon Martin were in attendance and shared a few words of thanks to the NBA.
The convention members had a chance to go into the community for two of their events including the Young Lawyers Pro-Bono Clinic where they offered free legal advice and answered questions for Las Vegas community residents at First A.M.E. Church.
The 88th Annual Convention is scheduled for July 27-August 1, 2013 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel in Miami, Florida.