The Washington Bar Association (WBA) will present its Ollie May Cooper Award and will hold its 33rd Founders’ Lecture Series on October 17.
The 2013 Ollie May Cooper Award will be presented to Ronald C. Jessamy, who has been in private practice in the District of Columbia for almost 40 years and served as WBA’s 44th president.
The award is named in honor of one of the first two African American women in the history of the United States to enter into private practice in a firm owned and operated by women. Cooper worked for equal justice while employed at Howard University School of Law for more than four decades. The award honors a WBA member who has given outstanding service to the WBA or whose leadership and organizational efforts have enhanced the image of the WBA.
This year’s Founders’ Day Lecture will be delivered by Professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr., founder and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School.
The program starts 6:30 p.m. at Howard University School of Law, 2900 Van Ness Street NW.
For more information, contact WBA President William R. “Billy” Martin at 202–331–2121, or Robert L. Bell, chair of the 2013 Ollie May Cooper Committee, at 202–842–4066.