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January 15, 2009        

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GW Law Associate Dean and Students to Work as Official Inaugural Volunteers

WASHINGTON - Members of the National Bar Association's (NBA's) Law Professors Division and more than 150 members of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) have been selected to serve as official volunteers for the historic inauguration of President-Elect Barack H. Obama.

"This is an extraordinary opportunity and partnership to assist President-Elect Obama and to witness history at the commencement of a new period of change," said Alfreda Robinson, chair of the NBA's Law Professors Division and associate dean for trial advocacy at The George Washington University Law School. Robinson is also a co-director of the school's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program. She is an alumna of GW Law and helped form its Black Law Students Association (BLSA) chapter.

Under the leadership of the NBA professors, NBLSA members from law schools from all around the nation have been trained to provide extraordinary assistance to the Presidential Inaugural Committee during the Inauguration. Duties will include event coordination and credentialing and escorting guests and media at official events, including the balls and non-partisan dinners honoring Vice President-Elect Joseph R. Biden, General Colin Powell (ret.), and Senator John McCain (R-Ariz).

These two groups have played a special role in President-Elect Obama's life. As a distinguished student at Harvard Law School, Obama was a board member of his school's BLSA. And for 12 years, he was a senior lecturer in law, teaching constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School and also serving as an unofficial faculty advisor to the BLSA students there.

Felecia A. Brown, executive aide to the GW Law Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program, is serving as a captain to the NBLSA students, specifically at the Union Station Bipartisan Dinner and the Eastern Ball. Brown has been with the Law School since 1991 and has dedicated her time to both the NBA and the GW Law BLSA chapter. Last year at the annual convention, she was awarded the NBA's Presidential Award for her outstanding service to the organization.

Wintta Woldemariam, national chair of NBLSA, and Khelin Eure, chair of GW Law's BLSA chapter, are serving as student leaders in this major endeavor, helping to recruit and train the more than 150 law student volunteers. Doris "Wendy" Green, professor, Samford Law School, and Deleso Washington, professor, Florida A&M University Law, have volunteered as training coordinators for the law students.

"Words cannot express how thrilled I am to participate in the inauguration of President-Elect Obama, whose election and service to our country have the unique potential to transform the lens through which we teach the law and in which the students will one day affect the law as legislators, practitioners, and academicians," said Professor Green.

The NBLSA was founded in 1968 to articulate and promote the needs and goals of black law students and effectuate change in the legal community. With more than 7,000 members, it is the largest student-run organization in the United States and is comprised of chapters or affiliates in six different countries

The NBA was organized in 1925 and serves a world-wide network of more than 44,000 members representing African-American members of the bar who are lawyers, judges, professors, and law students. The organization seeks to advance the science of jurisprudence, preserve the independence of the judiciary, and to uphold the honor and integrity of the legal profession.

Associate Dean Robinson has been bestowed with three NBA awards in as many years. Most recently in September, 2008, she received the NBA's highest honor, the C. Francis Stradford Award, named for pioneering civil rights attorney Cornelius Francis Stradford, a co-founder of the organization. The award coincided with her appointment as chief counsel to the president. In 2007, Robinson was presented with the Presidential Award in recognition of her dedication and outstanding service to the NBA. A year earlier, the NBA honored Robinson with its prestigious Sankofa Award at its annual meeting in Detroit. The Sankofa Award acknowledged Dean Robinson for "empowering our futures by her tireless efforts to make a quality education accessible to all."

GW Law would like to also congratulate Associate Dean Alfreda Robinson for an additional recognition for her service. Robinson is being honored next week by The Daily Voice at its HOPE Presidential Inauguration Reception. The event is being held on Jan. 19, 2009, and is hosted by The Daily Voice - 'Black America's daily news source.' Robinson's co-honorees are: Sheryl Lee Ralph, Isaiah Washington, Crystal McCrary Anthony, Lance Gross, Eva Marcille, Don Lemon, Mayor Cory Booker, The Rev. Joseph Lowery, Professor Charles Ogletree, Anthony McGill, and E. Lynn Harris

Established in 1865 and located four blocks from the White House, The George Washington University Law School is the oldest law school in the District of Columbia. Accredited by the American Bar Association and a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools, the Law School enrolls approximately 2,000 students each year in its J.D. and LL.M. programs. The school was ranked 20th in the nation and noted for its diversity of students in the most recent "America's Best Graduate Schools" edition of U.S. News & World Report.

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