Black Law Students Association Hosts Alumni Dinner
Kennard joins past BLSA honorees Myron H. Thompson 72; Marian Wright Edelman 63; Rhonda McLean 83; James Thomas 64; and Cliff Alexander 58. The Jane M. Bolin Award is named for the first African-American woman to graduate from Yale Law School, and the first to serve as a judge in the U.S.
More than 120 BLSA alums and students attended the dinner at the Omni hotel, including BLSA President Cara McClellan 15, BLSA alumni relations chair Akunna Cook 16, Dean Post 77, and Professor Stephen Carter 79, who introduced Ambassador Kennard.
In addition to holding the alumni dinner, BLSA for the first time also organized an alumni brunch and three panels focused on current opportunities and challenges facing BLSA students. The panels, which were led by alums including Professor James Forman 92, Professor Catherine Powell 92, and Dr. Akosua Barthwell-Evans 90, focused on the role of courts in achieving social change, the role of the legal academy in the pursuit of justice, and leveraging a law degree for success in business and beyond.