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November 4, 2011

BOT Vice Chairwoman Renee Higginbotham-Brooks Receives the Wiley Branton Award

On Friday November 4, 2011, HU BOT Vice Chairwoman Renee Higginbotham-Brooks was honored as a recipient of the Wiley A. Branton Award at the Eighth Annual Wiley A. Branton/Howard Law Journal Symposium Luncheon on the West Campus. Named for the prominent attorney and noted civil rights activist Wiley Austin Branton, the award honors the former Howard University School of Law Dean who served from January 1978 to September 1983. Atty. Higginbotham-Brooks earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Howard, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, before earning a Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University School of Law. This award honors her commitment, service and contributions to the field of law and civil rights. She has also received the Howard University Distinguished Alumni Award, as well as the City of Fort Worth, Texas Outstanding Woman of the Year Award.

In her remarks at the Luncheon, Higginbotham-Brooks said that even though she never met Wiley A. Branton, Sr., his son was in her law school class, and "I certainly knew a lot about him as a result of my relationship with Wiley Branton, Jr." She continued, "And I also want to point out just how important it is to give back...whatever door you walk through, take someone with you always; that's how you build power and strength and continuity in your goals and objectives. Always stay close to your law school and university. Be supportive of them because they really hold the future and are the key to all of us achieving in the future, as well as sustaining our beliefs and values. Thank you very much."

The Wiley A. Branton/Howard Law Journal Symposium Luncheon was co-sponsored by the National Bar Association, and NBA President Daryl D. Parks presented the Branton Awards. HU School of Law Dean Kurt L. Schmoke hosted the event.

Photos by Marvin T. Jones
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NBA President Daryl D. Parks with Trustee Higginbotham-Brooks;
 
HU School of Law Dean Kurt L. Schmoke, Esq. with awardees
 
U.S. Representative Donna M. Christensen-Virgin Islands (center) was the keynote speaker for the Eighth Annual Wiley A. Branton Symposium