The Black Law Students Association
on the Delaware campus recently celebrated Black History Month by recognizing ’82 alumnus Carl Battle at its annual Trailblazers Honor Banquet.
The event, now in its fourth year, was held Tuesday, Feb. 25 in the Barristers’ Club. Through it, BLSA honors outstanding alumni who are trailblazers for achievement in the private or public interest sectors, or for community service contributions. This year BLSA honored Battle, senior vice president and chief patent counsel for GlaxoSmithKline. Battle, who was traveling abroad at the time, sent prepared remarks with friend and fellow classmate Leon Williams ’82, who read them aloud.
Battle noted he was delighted and honored to receive the award.
“I am especially pleased to see that the Black Law Students Association has continued to be an active, positive and viable force at the law school,” Battle wrote in his remarks. “You have done an excellent job in maintaining the professionalism, collaboration and contribution to the law school and the legal profession which existed decades ago when I had the privilege of serving as president of BLSA for two years.”
Battle serves on Dean Linda L. Ammons
’ National Advisory Board, has taught as an adjunct professor and helped establish an African-American law scholarship. In his remarks, he noted he could not have achieved success in the corporate legal arena without the education he received at Widener. He encouraged the students to give back to their school.
“I am a product of the Widener Law brand and I cannot be truly successful unless the law school is truly successful. Let’s all continue to be proactive contributors to Widener Law,” he added.
The evening also included musical selections by Morgan State University students Dana McCants and Anthony Dix. Wali Rushdan II, an associate at Fox Rothschild LLP and a 2012 graduate of Rutgers School of Law – Camden, gave a keynote address that encouraged the students to embrace change.
“We are proud of the tradition this event has established at the law school,” said BLSA Vice President Kendrick McLeod. “It has grown into a highly anticipated evening of celebration