The Black Law Students Association
on the Delaware campus of Widener Law will honor nine distinguished African-American alumni at its second-annual “Trailblazers and Pioneers” banquet Feb. 28. The event marks the organization’s celebration of Black History Month.
All nine honorees are alumni of Widener’s law campus in Delaware and they span graduating classes from the 1970s, 80s, 90s and the 2000s. The student organization chose to honor them for their achievements in the private sector, the public interest sector or for their community service contributions.
The association, known as BLSA, began the 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.
“We wanted to expand on that,” said Ebony Foster, the BLSA vice president who is co-chairing the event with fellow student Aleyshia Flood. “This year we celebrate the accomplishments of graduates who span four decades of Widener Law history. That means recognizing our 1970s graduates as pioneers for African Americans in the legal profession, right up through recent graduates whose drive and ambition set them apart as trailblazers.”
This year’s nine honorees are all planning to be at the law school, with family and friends, to celebrate their achievements and network with the BLSA students. The honorees include:
- Judge James DeLeon ’76, of the Philadelphia Municipal Court.
- Howard Brown ’78, attorney at Howard H. Brown & Associates in Kennett Square, Pa.
- Romona Fullman ’84, director of the Office of the Delaware Commission for Women and director of Delaware’s Division of Human Relations.
- Judge George Overton ’86, of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.
- Samuel Guy ’88, attorney, civic activist and former Wilmington, Del. City Council member.
- Michael Brown ’91, Washington, D.C. councilman and partner with The Madison Group in Washington.
- Damian Jackson ’96, an attorney with Reilly, Janiczek & McDevitt, P.C. in Philadelphia. He is vice president of the Widener Law Alumni Association Board of Directors.
- Scott Reid ’02, an attorney in the commercial litigation group at Cozen O’Connor in Philadelphia. He sits on the Widener Law Minority Alumni Advisory Board and on the law school’s Board of Overseers.
- Monte Squire ’05, an attorney in the intellectual property and commercial litigation practice section at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP in Wilmington, Del.