Widener Law students honor alumni trailblazers
Public Relations - Published: February 25, 2013

Judge Calvin L. Scott Jr. '89


Leon Williams, Esq. '82


Stacy Shields, Esq. '93

The Black Law Students Association on the Delaware campus of Widener Law will recognize three distinguished African-American alumni at its third-annual Trailblazers Honor Banquet on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The event marks the organization’s celebration of Black History Month.

It will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Barristers’ Club on the campus at 4601 Concord Pike, Wilmington, Del. The event will also feature a keynote address from Nikki Johnson-Huston of Philadelphia. A tax attorney and advocate for the homeless, Johnson-Huston will speak about how she overcame a life of poverty and homelessness to achieve her dreams. The event is open to the public and the media is invited to attend and cover it.

All three event honorees are alumni of Widener’s law campus in Delaware. The student organization chose to honor them for their achievements in the private sector, the public interest sector or for their community service contributions to Widener Law students and the areas where they work.

The association, known as BLSA, began the trailblazers event in 2011 by honoring four of the law school’s first minority graduates. The result was an inspiring evening with heartfelt stories from the alumni who were honored. The second-annual event honored nine alumni in 2012.

“We are building on a tradition now,” said Candace Embry, the BLSA vice president who is chairing the event. “This is an evening to celebrate accomplishments. It is a positive force for members of the Black Law Students Association who get to spend time with these successful alumni and witness what is possible through hard work and determination. It is also an evening of richly deserved recognition for the honorees whose drive and ambition make them trailblazers.”

This year’s honorees include:
  • Judge Calvin L. Scott Jr., a 1989 graduate. He is a member of the Delaware Superior Court bench.

  • Leon Williams, Esq., a 1982 graduate with a solo Philadelphia practice focused predominantly on family law.

  • Stacy Shields Esq., a 1993 graduate and partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Moody, Shields, Mincey & Fitzpatrick LLC. She practices family law, labor and employment law, personal injury, civil rights and small business law.