May 18, 2011 | By wonkum |
For NBA members, law is more than a career—it’s a commitment. United by a need to serve their communities, African American lawyers from across the nation attend the National Bar’s Annual Convention. Starting last year, during the convention IMPACT joined with the National Bar Association in an effort to celebrate the top young lawyers in the nation
Join us at NationsBestAdvocates.com on June 1, 2011 as we reveal our second class of Nation’s Best Advocates, the top 40 young lawyers under 40 for 2011. Last year’s class included Trial Lawyers, Judges, Professors and those working hard for nonprofits to make our world a better place. Together during a night of celebration firms, agencies, families, friends and clients showed their appreciation for the work done by these advocates. If you would like to join us this year sponsorships are still available.
IL: Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins
Congratulations to our May IMPACT Leader of the Month: Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, Chief Executive Officer of Green For All. Under her leadership, Green For All has become one of the country’s leading advocates for a clean-energy economy, and one of its most important voices on the intersection of economics and environment.
Fashion Crimes: Our Civic Duty to Fight Against Fakes
By Kenya N. Wiley, Esq.
There is no question that our society is addicted to fashion labels. Advertisements constantly feature luxury brands, song lyrics and movies associate the “good life” with wearing high-end designers like Louis Vuitton and Christian Louboutin, and if consumers do not have enough cash or credit to buy the “real” handbag or red-soled stilettos, they can get the fake items on the street or even online. Consumers often do not realize that the funds from counterfeits and knockoffs are used to support child labor, drug cartels, and terrorism. The sale and distribution of counterfeits also result in the loss of revenue to not only the designers, but state and local governments too.
That Last Push
by Candice Petty, Esq.
As a little girl that dreamed of one day becoming an attorney, I was always told that I would have to be twice as smart, and work twice as hard as my classmates. So I was and I did. And it paid off. I went to the best schools, worked at top firms, and at 31, by all accounts, I have “made it.” In the courtroom, my (old, white, male) opposing counsel once told me I was “hostile and aggressive.” I took it as a compliment, especially after prevailing at the hearing. However, the same passion, fervor and intensity that have resulted in this success doesn’t seem to bode so well in my relationships.
A Call to Action through Timeless Service: FL AKA Day at the Capitol 2011
By: Ekecia M. Grayson, Esq.
On March 16, 2011, the ladies of the Florida chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. descended in record numbers on the state capitol in Tallahassee, FL for its annual AKA Day at the Capitol. This year’s event was conducted under the leadership of Marsha L. Brown, South Atlantic Regional Director, Roslyn Phillips-Mixon, South Atlantic International Connection Chairman, Valerie Brant-Wilson, FL Connection Chairman and Ekecia M. Grayson, Esq., 2011 FL AKA Day at the Capitol Chairman, under the theme “A Call to Action through Timeless Service”.