MACON – Mercer’s Black Law Student Association (BLSA) is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its founding this year. BLSA will host a celebration and award dinner on Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Presidents Dining Room at Mercer University.
During the dinner, the Hon. Yvette Miller, CLA ’77 and LAW ’80, will be recognized with the 2018 Tony Baldwin Trailblazer Award, given annually to a distinguished Mercer alumna or alumnus who continues to make strides and create paths for diversity in the legal profession.
Miller has broken down numerous barriers for minorities and women in the legal profession, including being the first African-American female to serve as assistant district attorney in Fulton County and to practice law throughout the Brunswick Judicial Circuit.
Additionally, she was the first African-American woman to serve as director judge of the Appellate Division on the State Board of Worker’s Compensation, to serve on the Georgia Court of Appeals, and to serve as chief judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals.
She remains committed to giving back and nurturing attorneys through her involvement in civic and professional organizations as well as her commitment and support of Mercer Law School.
Founding member and former BLSA president Virgil L. Adams, LAW ’80, will serve as keynote speaker during the dinner.
Alumni and guests tickets are $40 each, and current students may attend for free. To RSVP, visit www.blsa40years.eventbrite.com.