State Bar Medal of Justice

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Kathleen J. England and Congressman John Lewis

The State Bar of Nevada awarded the LVNBA, LVNBA President Doreen Spears Hartwell, LVNBA Past President Richard Boulware, LVNBA Vice President and UNLV Associate Professor of Law Rachel J. Anderson, LVNBA Member and former State Bar President Kathleen J. England, Director of the UNLV Libraries Oral History Research Center Claytee White, Reno Gazette-Journal Reporter Geralda Miller, UNLV Associate Professor of History Joanne Goodwin, UNLV Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor of Law Jeanne Price, State Bar member Beau Sterling (Issue Editor), and Jennifer Smith (Nevada Lawyer Publications Manager) the State Bar Medal of Justice for the February 2012 Black History Month issue of the Nevada Lawyer.

“The Medal of Justice award is one given to individuals and groups who contribute to advancing the mission of the State Bar through exemplary programs and volunteer work. Recipients of this award are those who inspire by example, advance the administration of justice, and bring honor and integrity to the profession. This award recognizes the outstanding work that fostered understanding of a portion of Nevada’s legal history. The special Black History Month issue highlighted the achievements and contributions of African-American lawyers in Nevada. The team pulled together resources from all corners of Nevada to depict the trials and success of Nevada’s black lawyers and to tell the story as it has never been told. This was truly a collaborative task between the State Bar and the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association.” – Kimberly K. Farmer, Executive Director, State Bar of Nevada.

This historic issue of the Nevada Lawyer was a joint venture between the LVNBA and the State Bar of Nevada and celebrates the contributions of African-American lawyers in Nevada against the backdrop of the civil rights movement on a state level and a national level. The issue celebrates successes and achievements while also acknowledging wrongs and injustices with which our society is still coming to grips.

LVNBA Vice President and UNLV Associate Professor of Law Rachel J. Anderson, LVNBA Member and former State Bar President Kathleen J. England co-chaired the steering committee for the joint venture project. The joint venture project authors are (alphabetically): LVNBA Vice President  Associate Professor of Law Rachel J. Anderson, LVNBA Member Richard F. Boulware, LVNBA Member Kathleen J. England, Associate Professor of History Joanne L. Goodwin, Geralda Miller, Associate Professor of Law and Law Library Director Jeanne Price, and Director of the Oral History Research Center at UNLV Libraries Claytee D. White. The authors of the regular columns Connie Akridge, Paola Armeni, and LVNBA Member Dean John V. White (co-authored with Professor Anderson) also wrote about related topics.

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