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Association of Black Law Students to Hold “Jazz for Justice” Annual Fundraiser on Nov. 8

October 19, 2007 – 
The Association of Black Law Students (ABLS) at Rutgers School of Law–Newark will hold “Jazz for Justice,” its annual fundraising event, on Thursday, November 8, at the Newark Club. Proceeds from the reception and dinner will benefit the Wanda Green Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides tuition assistance to a law student who in some way was affected by the events of September 11, 2001 or Hurricane Katrina. Wanda Green was a flight attendant on United Flight 93.

Paulette Brown, partner and chief diversity officer of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP and a member of its labor and employment practice group, is the keynote speaker. Newark Mayor Corey Booker has been invited to deliver the welcome address. The Keith Marks Trio will perform. Keith Marks has played for President Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela, Toni Morrison, and Bishop Desmond Tutu.

As 2007 marks the 40th anniversary of ABLS, the organization has chosen as its theme “Honoring Past Presidents: A Legacy of Leadership.” Former ABLS presidents who will be recognized for their contributions to the legal community are: Sobande F. Afoloabi-Hammonds, Esq. ’04, associate at Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perrettt, LLP; Dara Aquila Govan, Esq. ’01, associate at Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti, LLP; Ayana S. Harvey, Esq. ’06, associate at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, LLP; Yvonne Smith Segars, Esq. ’84, New Jersey Public Defender; and C. Gregory Stewart, Esq. ’81, private practice, New Jersey & Washington, DC.

The “Jazz for Justice” reception will begin at 6:30 pm and the dinner at 7:30 pm. To pledge a donation to the Wanda Green Scholarship Fund or purchase tickets for the event, contact jazzforjustice@gmail.com or call 973-353-5558.