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Howard University School of Law to Host 140th Anniversary Gala

WASHINGTON (September 8, 2009) – Howard University School of Law will host its 140th Anniversary Gala on October 24 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. The gala will serve as the culminating event of the School of Law’s year-long celebration of its illustrious history.

Many alumni, supporters and members of the legal community from across the country are expected to attend in support of educating the next generation of social engineers.

The award-winning actor, Laurence Fishburne is the event’s honorary chairman. Fishburne played the role of Howard law alumnus and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in the Broadway production of THURGOOD. Attorneys Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., The Honorable James W. Dyke Jr., Singleton McAllister-McHenry and Stacey J. Mobley serve as Gala Co-chairs.

"Celebrating the 140th anniversary of the Howard University School of Law provides an opportunity for us to reflect with pride on the past and to look with optimism to the future,” said Law School Dean Kurt Schmoke. “For many decades, graduates of Howard have been in the vanguard of leadership in Civil rights and Constitutional law. We are committed to building on that legacy by continuing to produce social engineers for America and the global community."

The theme “Celebrating 140 years of Commitment to Justice, Leadership and Service” encompasses the school’s reputation for training excellent lawyers and leaders, who carry on the unfinished agenda of achieving civil, human and economic rights and justice for all. During the Gala, we will honor NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc., Sidley Austin LLP, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, and the 50th Reunion Class of 1959. These honorees reflect Howard Law’s focus on its commitment to service and justice, fundraising, and recruitment.

Funds raised from the gala will support the school’s $10 million campaign to benefit the 140th Anniversary Fund’s three priority areas: revitalizing infrastructure, broadening access to need-based scholarships at the School of Law.

The 140th Anniversary Gala sponsors include Platinum Sponsor Gina Ferguson Adams; Anniversary Host Committee:
Claude E. Bailey, Esq., A. Scott Bolden, Esq, Harley Business Group LLC, and Xerox Corporation; and the generous support of DuPont, GEICO, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Dickstein Shapiro LLP, LeClairRyan CTIA-The Wireless Association, DLA Piper LLP (US), HSBC Bank, Morrison & Foerster LLP, Sughrue Mion PLLC, WilmerHale LLP

Additional 140th Anniversary Events:

• C. Clyde Ferguson Lecture featuring keynote speaker Dr. Susan E. Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. October 8, 4:30 pm, reception to follow.

• Wiley A. Branton Symposium-From Reconstruction to the White House: The Past and Future of Black Lawyers in America. Friday, October 23, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

For more information on purchasing tickets to the gala contact Special Events at 202-238-2430 or visit the website at

For 140 years, the Howard University School of Law has been a champion of civil rights and social justice. The School of Law has a proud tradition of producing leaders and social engineers. Through Howard’s doors have walked hundreds of the most prominent legal minds in history. Howard graduates sit in the seats of justice, walk the halls of Congress, and practice law in a variety of disciplines. Howard’s reputation is second to none. Howard University School of Law is made up of 500 students and 35 full-time faculty members who provide an unsurpassed legal education.

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