January 19, 2012
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Memorial Breakfast to Welcome More Than 400 Attorneys, City Officials, Jan. 16
The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia will host the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Memorial Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 16 from 7:30 – 10:00 a.m. at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., Philadelphia, PA. Following the breakfast will be a Day of Service Mediation Program co-sponsored with the Philadelphia Bar Association at the Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School, 2601 South 58th St. Middle school students will be taught how to resolve conflict through non-violent means by engaging in various real-life role-playing exercises.
The honorees at this year’s breakfast include: Bernard W. Smalley, Senior Counsel, Tucker Law Group, LLC, recipient of the Honorable William F. Hall Award; Naomi K. McLaurin, Director of Diversity, Philadelphia Bar Association, recipient of the Woman of Distinction Award; Philadelphia VIP, recipient of the Outstanding Organization Award; and Adiah I. Ferron, Counsel at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, recipient of the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. Award recipient Bernard Smalley will present the keynote address at the breakfast. The event will also feature remarks by Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia President Kevin V. Mincey and Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor John E. Savoth.
The Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Mediation Program takes place from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. This year, the Mediation Program has the additional goal of training participating students to act as Peer Mediators for the school and to aid their fellow students in non-violent conflict resolution. Local attorneys volunteer to provide the mediation training.
Established in 1950, The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, Inc.’s purpose – then and now – has been to address the professional needs and development of Black lawyers in the City of Philadelphia through programs such as seminars, cultural events and publications.
Founded in 1802, the 13,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association is the oldest association of lawyers in the United States and Pennsylvania's largest local bar association. As such, it is a keystone in the ongoing developments of the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania legal systems.
# # #