EBGBA Annual Dinner Program (2010) - Earl B. Gilliam Bar Foundation

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James Weldon Johnson Lift every voice and· sing, 'Til earth and heaven ring, Ring with the harmonies of Liberty; Let our rejoicing rise High as the listening skies, Let it resound loud as the rolling sea. Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us, Sing a song full of the hope that th.e present has brought us; Facing the rising sun of our new day begun, Let us march on 'til victory is won. Stony the road we trod, Bitter the chast'ning rod, Felt in the days when hope unborn had died; Yet with a steady beat, Have not our weary feet Come to the place for which our fathers sighed? We have come over a way that with tears has been watered, We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered, Out from the gloomy past, 'Til now we stand at last Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, Thou who has brought us thus far on the way; Thou who has by Thy might Led us into the light, Keep us forever in the path, we pray. Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee, Lest, our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee; Shadowed beneath Thy hand, May we forever stand, True to our God, 2

True to our native land.

~r_~ Regina Valaine Evans-Jarrett, Esq

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egina V. Evans-Jarrett, Chief of Staff to the Honorable Jerome E. Horton who serves as the Vice Chairperson of the California State Board of Equalization, representing the

greater Los Angeles area, is no stranger to the San Diego community. Mrs. Evans-Jarrett, a visionary and respected leader, has an extensive professional background in political, government, and non-profit leadership. Prior to joining Mr. Horton's team, Mrs. Evans-Jarrett served as Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger where she was responsible for three of California's most powerful and significant State Agencies, the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, the State and Consumer Services Agency, and the Chief Information Office. As a member of the Governor's Cabinet team, Mrs. Evans-Jarrett developed a reputation for being pro-business while simultaneously being a strong advocate for workers rights, a voice for small and emerging businesses, and a "friend" to the greater San Diego community. From 1998-2006, Mrs. Evans-Jarrett was a member of the Neighborhood House Association's (NHA) executive leadership team. During her successful tenure at NHA, Mrs. Evans-Jarrett served as Vice President of Planning, Chief Operating Officer, and Interim President and Chief Executive Officer. She was recognized for bringing solid business principles and compassionate leadership to NHA. From 1993-1998, Mrs. Evans-Jarrett served as a Principal Policy Consultant for various policy committees in the California Legislature. Mrs. Evans-Jarrett has received numerous local, state, and national awards for her leadership abilities and many contributions to the community. She has served on national, state, and local boards of directors and community advisory boards. Mrs. Evans-Jarrett, a native of Brawley, California, is a graduate of the University of California San Diego, San Diego State University and University of California Hastings College of the Law. She is married to Reese A Jarrett and is the proud parent of their teenage daughter, Drew.

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Silver Sponsors Fish & Richardson P.C. Mintz Levin Qualcomm

Bronze Sponsors Carlton DiSante & Freudenberger LLP Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP

Dessert Sponsor Perkins Coie

Honorarium Higgs, Fletcher & Mack LLP

Jn-Kind Donors SANYO North America Corp. TESLA Motors, Inc.

Table Sponsors Baker & McKenzie LLP California Western Law School Legal Aid Society SONY Thomas Jefferson School of Law UCSD Student Affairs University of San Diego School of Law School

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~af~Ji· United States Attorney Central District of California

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r. Birotte holds an undergraduate degree from Tufts University and a J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law. Following

law school, Mr. Birotte worked for three years as a deputy

public defender in Los Angeles representing indigent clients charged with felony and misdemeanor offenses. In 1995, he joined the United States Attorney's Office in Los Angeles, where he investigated and prosecuted numerous violent crime, fraud, and narcotics trafficking cases. In 1999, Mr. Birotte joined the Quinn Emanuel law firm, where he represented clients in white-collar crime and commercial litigation matters. Mr. Birotte joined the Los Angeles Police Department's ("LAPD") Office of the Inspector Generai in 200 i as an Assistant inspector Generai. In May 2003, after an extensive nationwide search, the Los Angeles Police Commission unanimously selected Mr. Birotte to serve as the LAPD's Inspector General. In that capacity, Mr. Birotte led a staff of employees, including lawyers, professional auditors, and former law enforcement executives, who were responsible for conducting and overseeing LAPD internal investigations and audits to ensure compliance with both LAPD policies and mandates imposed by a Federal Consent Decree. In December 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Birotte to serve as United States Attorney for the Central District of California. Mr. Birotte was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate and was sworn in on March 4, 20 I 0.

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President's Message

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hank you for coming to our 34th Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner. We are especially appreciative that you are joining us this evening and thank you for your monetary aid and in-kind contribu-

tions. We deeply touched by your decision to support Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association. This event would not be possible without your generous support! After thanking God for calling me to serve, I would like to thank our Board of Directors, committee members and members for helping EBGBA accomplish many of the goals outlined at our 20 I 0 board retreat. Each year the in-coming president selects a theme and works with the board to set goals and objectives consistent with his or her theme. The theme for 20 I 0 is "Collaborating and Climbing towards Excellence." I selected this theme because I wanted to lead the organization to a higher level of relevancy and greatness, and I wanted to do this through collaborations with some of the most highly regarded organizations, firms and corporations such as Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Luce Forward, Sony, QUALCOMM and Mintz Levin, DLA Piper, to name some of our partners. Hopefully the cohesiveness of these collaborations will hold for years to come as we continue to work on common issues such as diversity, youth and young attorney mentorship, community education, and access to employment opportunities. Equally important, as the collaborations with the above organizations and firms, are the many months of individual service provided to our organization by some of our most prominent members of the San Diego Bench and bar. As the famous author John Allan May once said 'Progress consists largely of learning to apply laws and truths that have always existed'. Although my tenure started out on a sad note, with the passing of one of our founding members, the Honorable Napolean L. Jones, it has been an exciting year for our organization. Several of our EBGBA members have made major contributions to the organization and to the San Diego community, and we have been recognized for outstanding service awards twice in 20 I 0. The fact that many seasoned members continue to contribute their time and a talent, given these difficult times, is truly awesome and inspiring to the next group of attorneys and association leaders.

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Listed below are a few of our major accomplishments, accolades and activities for 20 I 0: • December 2009 - EBGBA goes Green by replacing traditional paper correspondence with electronic mail. • January - We hosted a welcome back potluck for our local

as the NAACP..A:s San Diego branch, Blacks in Government, The National Naval Officers Association, The Black American Political Association of California, The San Diego Black Police

black law students which was well attended by EBGBA attor-

Officers Association, The National Council Of Negro Women

neys and judges.

Inc. in San Diego, The Martin Luther Jr. Democratic Club, and

• February - A taskforce was formed to increase the enrollment of African American Students at the University of San Diego

The San Diego Black Fighters. • July - EBGBA Collaborated with Luce Forward to provide

School of Law. Partners with active members of this task force

legal consultation and services to the Dream Team, a non-prof-

including representatives from both Sony and DLA PIPER.

it organization adopted by EBGBA, whose mission is to help

• February - A community forum co-sponsored on Domestic Viol,ence titled.'What's Love Got to with It' • March - 'UCSD On My Mind', a co-sponsored event with over

build self esteem in middle school girls in Spring Valley. • August - EBGBA accepted an invitation by the San Diego Regional Airport Authority for a private tour titled 'The Green

I 000 in attendance, helped to ease racially motivated tensions

Build Concession Tour.' And the 'Everybody Recommitted to

affecting the spirit and efforts of minority students at UCSD

Academic Achievement Conference' was held at Lincoln High

• April - The Hon. Napolean Jones received the Outstanding

School where EBGBA members gave a seminar to middle

Juris award (posthumously) and Lei-Chala Wilson received the

school children titled 'So You Want To Be A Lawyer'. Presi-

Outstanding Public Attorney Award given by the San Diego

dent Middleton attended the National Bar Association in New

County Bar Association.

Orleans and was nominated and elected to serve one of seven

• May - Over 60 students and I 3 attorneys participated in an eight week long our Neighborhood Law Program, underwritten partly by Legal Aid. • . An Excellence in Service Award was presented to EBGBA from the prestigious BayView Baptist Church, and also recog-

Affiliate Chapter Presidents. • September - The new EBGBA website was unveiled and received great reviews. A 2nd Annual Diversity Potluck with partner Mintz Levin and other minority bar associations. • October - Membership Appreciation Mixer and Mentor/Ment-

nition was received from Legal Aid Society of San Diego for

ee Mixer were held and a wonderful time was had by our local

our Outstanding Pro Bono Service to the community.

law student and EBGBA Members.

• June - The first Annual Juneteenth 'Unity in the Community

• November - The new board members were elected and will

Celebration' at Adrniral Bakers Park was co-sponsored by the

be sworn in later this evening. The membership and the cur-

EBGBE and the following prominent community groups such

rent board wished them well.

During my tenure as President, I have consulted with several past Presidents not because I didn't know how to lead, but because EBGBA is a family with traditions, customs and practices many of which must be preserved. Also continuity is crucial; a president cannot simply erase or ignore history each year and start anew. Organizations must evoke into greatness, and it does not happen overnight because of one person or during one term. Team work and collaborations with third parties are the hallmarks of greatness and. I'd like to think that I helped EBGBA move closer toward excellence through collaborations with others. It has been a great honor and my privileged to have served as the President of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association for 2010. In closing I thank God for giving me the strength to provide leadership. Also I thank my family and clients for their patience. I'm blessed to have great clients and family who know that there will be some sacrifices in voluntary service to an association such as EBGBA.

God Bless, Antoinette Middleton, Esq. Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association

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GOVERNOR ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER

November 6, 2010

Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association It is my pleasure to welcome everyone attending your thirty-fourth annual

Awards and Scholarship Dinner. The legal community is a strong asset to California's work force and law enforcement. Thank you for recognizing the strength and professionalism amongst African-American lawyers-you continue to uphold a high standard for your peers. Through mentorship programs and increasing communication between professionals, your organization celebrates the fantastic achievements of your members and your co:rrmmnity. I commend your tireless efforts and dedication to promoting justice and equality. Your honorees deserve a big hand for working so hard to make San Diego such a great place to live. Please accept my wishes for a joyous celebration and every continued success. Sincerely,

Arnold Schwarzenegger

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President-Elect's Bio & Message

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aloree Wortham is In-House Counsel for the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control ('~BC") where she has served as a Prosecutor and Adviser since 2006.

She previously worked as a San Diego County Deputy Alternate Public Defender, practicing in the area of juvenile dependency law. Prior

to that time, she owned and managed a law practice with a focus on civil litigation, and served as a Panel Attorney for Appellate Defenders Inc., handling numerous criminal and juvenile dependency appeals. Shewas born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, where she attended Tougaloo College. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 1993, where she was Managing Editor of the Law Review, Criminal Justice Journal. Throughout her career, she has been involved in various professional organizations including the San Diego County Bar Association, Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, California Appellate Defense Counsel, and Lawyers Club of San Diego. She was also a Panel Attorney for the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program. Ms. Wortham has a passion for serving others. She is President and Chair of Teens Connected, a church and community based mentoring program which she established in 2009 for young ladies between 13 and 18 years old. The program focuses on character development, personal/social development, and provides cultural enrichment opportunities. Ms. Wortham also devotes her time to serving the San Diego homeless community. On weekends, she enjoys working with women at the San Diego Rescue Mission -Women and Children's Center. She and her husband, David, have three children: Remelus (wife Tamara), Nia, and Ivory.

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Since 1976, the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association has successfully worked to promote equality and justice for the African-American community and preserve the integrity of the legal field in San Diego. I would like to congratulate tonight's honorees who have contributed to this mission by giving their time and talents to countless organizations throughout the community and serving as mentors to young legal professionals. I commend the dedicated members for the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, your tireless efforts will continue to benefit the community for many years to come.

I want to join the entire San Diego community in wishing the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association 1 (EBGBA) congratulations on your 34 h Annual Awards and Scholarship Dinner Gala event!

As a United States Senator from the State of California, please accept my best wishes for a memorable and enjoyable evening.

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The community highly appreciates this annual recognition program that serves as an opportunity

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to celebrate and recognize exceptional achievements by honoring Jaw students, attorneys, judges, community leaders, businesses, and organizations that have enhanced the quality of life in the greater San Diego community.

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PROCLAMATION WllEREAS, on Nol·ember 6, 20t0, the E:i.rl B. Gilliam 82r Assoclalion will be hosting ils 34'~ Annual Aw2rds and Scholarship Dinner; and WHEREAS, the F.arl B. Gilliam Bar Assoelatlon {EBGBA) was formed in 1976 anti was then lmov•n 3S the Assoel2tlon or 81:.lek Attorneys of Sim Diego County (ABASDC) :;ind in 1982 thl" n:ime w2s formally changed in honor of Judge E11rl 8. Gilliam. who was thl" first Afriean American judge appointed lo the Supl.'rior Court. 2nd was also lhe first African American judge appointed to the eniled Stales District Court for the Sourhrrn District ofC21ifornia; and WHEREAS, .as the EBGBA represents lbe interC"sls of African American attorneys,judi::e.,. law professor.<;. and students in San Diego County. and the organization's mission sl:alement its commitment lo defending the legal 2nd hum2n righls of Afric:i.n Americans whereby elimin2ting rhe root eausn of poverty, powerlessness :and racism, and preserving lhe high stand:irds ofintegriry, honor and courtesy in the legal prore~~lon; and :uliculale.~

WHEREAS, the EBGHA through its member.~. makes positi..-e contributions to the ..-omnumity of San Diego b~· participating in San Diego's Annual M:i.rlin l.uther King, Jr. Parade. operatln:: a ~eit:;bborhood l.ay,· School, org2nlzing publie forums and sl"minars. hostin11: annual Juneteenth Celebrations, and other acth·itles: and WHEREAS. in 2004. Congressman Bob Filner sponsored a bill that w:ts signed inlO law that

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I am honored to have this opportunity to greet you as the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association (EBGBA) comes together for its 34tb Annual Awards and Scholarship Dinner. I regret thal I will not able to attend this very special event honoring the dedication and hard work of law students, attorneys, judges, and

community leaders from the San Diego region. I commend the EBGBA. for its commitment to enhancing the quality of life in tbe greater San Diego comnnmity. Please know that your efforts are making a difference and arc appreciated by the community. I extend my best wishes to you. I hope you have an enjoyable awards ceremony and many continued successes in the years ahead.

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On behalf of the citizens of San Diego, it is with great pleasure that I extend my warmest greetings to the participants and guests at the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association (EBGBA) )4th Annual Awards and Scholarship Dinner. The Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association was named after the first African-American to serve as San Diego County Superior Court Judge and, along with the name, EGBGA has also carried Gilliam's mission in law. EOBGA preserves the highesl standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession. EBGBA has worked to represent the interests of African-American attomeys. judges, law professors and students in the county of San Diego. The association has provided

outstanding service to the community and its commitment to defending the legal and human rights of African-Americans is to be commended.

RON ROBERTS

I would like to congratulate lhe attorneys, judges, community leaders, and law finns and/or organiz.ations Lhat are being recognized for helping to enhance lhc quality of life for the greater San Diego community. I would also like to congratulate the local law students being recognized with

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financial schol:lrships for their exceptional academic achievements. Please accept

my best wishes for a memorable event and continued success in your future

endeavors.

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Mayor

As a member of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, please accept my congratulations on the occasion of your 34th Annual Awards and Scholarship Dinner. Your keynote speaker, Andre Birotte, Jr.• the U.S. Attomey for the Central District of California. will nicely complement your informative and inspirational event. Since it was founded in 1976 as the San Diego County Black Lawyers Association, your organization ·s contributions to the community have been numerous. We all benefit from the legacy created by your scholarships to outstanding la\v students.

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By continually serving as a catalyst for both justice and an enhanced quality of life throughout our County, the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association has established itself as one of the region's most highly regarded legal and civic organizations.

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On behalf of the nearly 640,000 residents of the fourth Supervisorial District, I wish you great success in your continued endeavors and with tonight's event

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Supervisor, Fourth District San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Dear Earl B. Gilliam Bar Members, Congratulations on your association's 34 years of outstanding service to San Diego County! The legal profession and the community are better because of your dedication to representing the interests of African-American lawyers, judges and law students throughout southern Califurnia.

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On behalf of the nearly 1,000 employees at the San Diego District Attorney's Office, thank you fur all the important work you do and best wishes fur a successful Awards and Scholarship Dinner. Best Wishes,

Bonnie M. Dumanis San Diego County District Attorney

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Thurgood Marshall Legal Professional of the Year Award

haron B. Majors-Lewis graduated Magna Cum Laude from National University with

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a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1980. She obtained her JD degree in 1985 from the National University School of Law, where she was a member of

the Student Honors Advisory Program, and received American Jurisprudence Awards in Torts, Wills and Trusts, Domestic Relations and Administrative Law, and a Corpus Juris Secundum Award in labor relations. She was also an F. Lee Baily Moot Court Finalist. She was admitted to practice in California on December 13, 1985, and before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California on December 29, 1987. In her sole practice she handled family law and law and motion matters, provided pro bono services through the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer's program and represented indigent criminal defendants by appointment of the Court of Appeals under the Appellate Defenders assistedcase system. She was sworn in as a San Diego County Deputy District Attorney in February 1987 where she became a trial attorney specializing in violent crimes including abusive head trauma child homicides. She was promoted to Assistant Chief of the Family Protection Division, a division that handled child abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse, statutory rape, and child abduction cases. She was cross designated as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, for the Southern District of California in the Violent Crimes Division. Secretary Majors-Lewis completed over 90 jury trials during her career as a Deputy District Attorney. Secretary Majors-Lewis was promoted to Division Chief of the Central Pretrial Division, making her the first African American female Division Chief in the San Diego District Attorney's Office. She later became the first African American female to become a Chief Deputy District Attorney in the office. !n addition to managing several divisions, she also handled sensitive special projects for the District Attorney and completed other complex matters, including reviewing homicide cases that were the subject of habeas petitions. Secretary Majors-Lewis served on the Capital Case Review Board, the attorney selection committee, was in charge of the Certified Legal Intern and Graduate Law Clerk programs and handled the office's travel and training budget. In February 2007, Secretary Majors-Lewis was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to be his Judicial Appointments Secretary. She is the first woman and first person of color to ever hold the position in California. In 2007, 2008, and 2009, she was selected by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the Top I 00 Leading Lawyers in California. In January 2008, San Diego Magazine named her one of the top 50 People to Watch. She is a member or past member of the Lawyers Club of San Diego, San Diego County Bar Association, American Bar Association, Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association National College of Prosecutors, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Young Women's Christian Association in San Diego.

Thurgood Marshall Quly 2, 1908 - January 24, 1993) was an American jurist and the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. Before becoming a judge, he was a lawyer who was best remembered for his high success rate in arguing before the Supreme Court and for the victory in Brown vs. the Board of Education. On June 13, 196 7, President Johnson appointed Marshall to the Supreme Court following the retirement of Justice Tom C. Clark, saying that this was "the right thing to do, the right time to do it, the right man and the right place." Marshall was confirmed as an Associate Justice by a Senate vote of 69 to 11 on August 30, 1967. He was the 96th person to hold the position, and the first African-American. Marshall retired in 1991 after serving on the court for twenty-four years. On November 30, 1993, Justice Marshall was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton.

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Frederick Douglass Community Service Awards

a~~, Founder of San Diego Inner City Youth Golf

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rdon Brown Sr. graduated from Burke Industrial High School in Charleston South arolina in 1955. Prior to graduation, Gordon learned how to play golf on a six ole golf course, a mile away from his home. He held various jobs from cutting hair,

laying bricks to driving the local school bus in order to play golf. Upon turning 21, Gordon was drafted into the United States Army. This is where he made the golf team which allowed him to gain further exposure to the game. Gordon became very successful on the Army's golf team and won many military events across the United States. He also played professional golf on the all black National Golf Association Tour. After serving his country he returned home to his beautiful wife Harriet and had five children, Gordon Jr., Rosetta, Horace, Avis and Oran. Gordon relocated his family to San Diego, worked for Solar Turbines as a maintenance foreman, and after 30 years, retired from his position. All of the Brown children become very skilled golf professionals, having won numerous Junior Golf, World and College titles. Always giving back, Gordon started the San Diego Inner City Youth Golf Club in 1972. Gordon and his son Horace now operate the San Diego Inner City Junior Golf Foundation Incorporated, a non profit organization. Mr. Brown also teaches golf at I 0 elementary schools with over 500 students, and provides free golf clinics for kids at Bonita Golf course on the weekends. He has supported the foundation out of his own pocket when no other funding was available. With help from his daughter Avis, Gordon restarted the golf team at Lincoln High School in San Diego, after it was eliminated 52 years ago. Gordon and his foundation support the school by giving them free golf lessons, golf clubs and sometimes transportation. in 40 years of community service, Gordon has taught over i 500 chiidren the game of goif, including seif discipiine and golf equiette free of charge. Along with his foundation, and donations from past golf students, Gordon has sent several students to college, and some with full golf scholarships. Union-Tribune Staff Writer Todd Leonard wrote on December 3, 2003 that "There was a time 30 years ago when Earl Woods (Tiger Woods' dad) felt compelled to call Gordon Brown every so often to see how his kids were doing in the San Diego County Junior Golf Association ... Earl Woods was understandably inspired." In 2005, Gordon Brown Sr. was inducted into the African American Golfers' Hall of Fame. In 2007, the San Diego City Council whereas declared October 30, 2007 Gordon Brown Day. See www.sandiegojuniorgolf.com for information on the 2nd Annual USS Midway/Admiral Chambers/Inner City Golf Charity Tournament, in spring 20 I I.

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Welcome & Recognition of Guests

Regina V. Evans-Jarrett Mistress of Ceremony

Black National Anthem "Lift Every Voice & Sing"

Nia Wortham-Vocalist Ivory Wortham-Pianist

Invocation

Pastor Jay Winston 31st Street SDA Church

Announcements (Silent Auction, Photos, Art)

Regina V. Evans-Jarrett Mistress of Ceremony

DINNER

Music by Dennis W. Dawson

Recognition ofSponsors

Regina V. Evans-Jarrett Mistress of Ceremony

Greetings

Linda R. Rosborough, President California Association of Black Lawyers Laura E. Duffy, United States Attorney Southern District of California Dan F. Link, President-Elect San Diego County Bar Association

DESSERT Remarks by Kurt Kicklighter (Scholarship Award) Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps

Regina V. Evans-Jarrett Mistress of Ceremonies

Presentation ofScholarships

James Simmons Jr. Markecia Simmons

Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps Teresa Watts Laurine W. Twyman Zelalem Bogale Earl B. Gilliam Memorial Nicole Lewis Katherine Payne Jacob Ogbozo

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Introduction ofKeynote Speaker

Regina V. Evans-Jarrett Mistress of Ceremony

Keynote Address

Andre Birotte Jr. United States Attorney Central District of California

PROGRAM

Presentation ofAwards Thurgood Marshall Legal Professional of the Year Award Sharon B. Majors-Lewis

Vickie E. Turner

Frederick Douglass Community Service Awards Gordon Brown Sr.

Douglas A. Oden

Corporate Employer Award for Diversity Qualcomm

Christian S. Scott

President's Awards for Distinguished Service to EBGBA Grace A. Usiyan Michelle A. Allison Zara L. Lawson Janice P. Brown Desa L. Burton Vickie E .. Tumer Shaka H. Johnson

Antoinette Middleton President

Life Membership Recognition Honorable Dwayne K. Moring Janice P. Brown

Antoinette Middleton President

President's Epilogue

Antoinette Middleton President

Presentation ofAward to President Antoinette Middleton

Valoree Wortham President 2010-2011

Installation Oath of Officers & Directors

Honorable Randa Trapp

Installation Oath of President

Honorable Randa Trapp

Closing Remarks

Valoree Wortham President 2010-2011

Benediction

Pastor Jay Winston 31st Street SDA Church

Entertainment

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s a law student, I understand that everyone does not have the same opportunities and because of this, I believe it is my duty to give back. My most rewarding experiences include mentoring students

from Lincoln and Crawford High Schools, participating in the conflict resolu-

tion program at Porter Elementary North, volunteering at the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA, assisting in the Haiti relief efforts and advocating for the African American students at UCSD who were being racially discriminated against, harassed and threatened. My passion is for the community and I am grateful to give of my time and talents ..

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elalem T. Bogale is a third-year student at California Western School of Law. Zelalem was born in Reno, Nevada, and attended the University of Nevada, Reno where he received a Bachelor of Liberal

Arts in Philosophy and founded the Young Democrats of Nevada chapter on campus. Before entering law school, Zelalem was a high school educator and a campaign official for various political campaigns, including Obama for America. Currently, Zelalem is a judicial extern to U.S. Magistrate Judge William Mccurine, Jr. Upon graduation Zelalem is interested in practicing environmental law.

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Mass Communications. Nicole is currently in her 2nd year at the University of

San Diego School of Law where she serves as the President of the Black Law Students Association and Vice President of Entertainment for the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. Nicole plans to practice as an International Entertainment and Sports attorney and advocate for fledgling artists and amateur athletes. In her spare time, .she enjoys writing music and playing sports.

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Spanish Language. After college Jacob moved to San Diego to attend

the University of San Diego School of Law. Jacob has worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Paul A. Magnuson for the District of Minnesota. He is

currently interning for the San Diego Development Services Department and working part time as a law clerk for the Law Offices of Ronald Marron. His areas of interest include: land-use and development, real estate, tax, consumer class action, and government relations.

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to the 20 I0 Officers and Directors President Antoinette Middleton

President-Elect Valoree Wortham

Immediate Past President Doc Anthony Anderson Ill

Secretary Christian Scott

Treasurer Donta T. Pride

Parliamentarian Alfred Greene

Historian Lei Chala I. Wilson

Director ShakaJohnson

Director Duane Johnson

Director Michele Allison

Director Charles Bell

Director Malcolm Roberts

Director Grace Ajunwa Usiyan

Director Udoka Nwanna

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President's Awards for Distinguished Service to EBGBA

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rs. Grace Usiyan has been practicing law in San Diego for almost 19 years. She is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California. She is currently in private practice litigating cases involving workers compensation,

employment/labor law, personal injuries, medical malpractice and immigration. She provides legal advice and counsel on transactional law matters. Grace worked for Civic Law Center, a midsize plaintiff/applicant law firm and also for Nayfack and Mueller, an insurance defense law firm, before embarking in her own practice in 1996. In the summer of 1998, Grace taught workers compensation as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego California. She has extensive litigation experience before the Workers Compensation Appeals Board where she assists clients in ensuring proper benefits are received. She litigates employment discrimination cases before the San Diego Superior Court. Notable among the cases she tried and won is one concerning a black employee/machinist who was discriminated against by his supervisor and coworkers because of his race. After a four weeks bench trial, the Judge awarded general damages as well as punitive damages against the employer for intentional racial discrimination. She has actively participated in the trial and jury selection of medical malpractice cases of other solo practitioners. Grace appears before the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions (EEOC) mediation panel representing clients on various matters ranging from race, age and gender based employment discrimination to sexual harassment. She has worked with many immigrants especially those from Africa on various immigration matters, such as family based petitions for immigrant visas and political asylum cases. She vigorously litigated a removal matter. Most recently she served as a Chair/Coordinator for the Neighborhood Law School, an outreach program of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association geared towards providing general legal education and information to the public. She volunteers time to assist those who cannot afford legal services on various legal matters by providing free legal advice and counsel. She had provided employment training to people with disability to work in her office. Grace is married to Thompson Onoramie Usiyan. They reside in Lemon Grove, San Diego County, where they are raising their two children. - Trial Lawyer of the Year, 1987; California Association of Black Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year, 1995; and Southern California 'Super Lawyer' 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

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Associate Director of Admissions

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ichelle is currently the Associate Director of Admissions at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, CA. She is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law ("NUSL.:') in Boston, Massachusetts and Howard University

in Washington, D.C.. Prior to joining the staff at Thomas Jefferson, Michelle worked and clerked in legal aid assisting victims of domestic violence, at the Massachusetts Superior Court, and at Boston law firms Donovan Hatem, LLP, and Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C.. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Alumni/ae Association at NUSL. She is a member of the National Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association of San Diego and serves on various boards and committees around the community in legal education administration. Most recently, Michelle served as the Assistant Director of Admissions at NUSL and as an adjunct faculty at Gorgon College in Massachusetts.

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ara Lawson was born in Denver, Colorado. She attended Pomona College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics/Public Policy. Ms. Lawson attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. While in law school, she

clerked for the Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland, California. After graduation, Ms. Lawson and her husband moved to San Diego where she was a law clerk with the Family Justice Center. She is currently employed by the San Diego District Attorney's Office in the Economic Crimes Division. Zara Lawson is the incoming Secretary of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association. She also serves as a member of the Neighborhood Law School Committee and the Dinner Committee. She is a member of the Lawyers Club. Ms. Lawson was awarded the Wiley W. Manual Award for Pro Bono Legal Services and the Restitution Enforcement and Victim Services Division award for outstanding dedication and service.

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President's Awards for Distinguished Service to EBGBA

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anice P. Brown is the owner and founder of Brown Law Group, a leading Southern California litigation law firm specializing in all aspects of business litigation, including intellectual property, fraud, contract, employment and class action litigation. Ms. Brown is

known for her professio11al distinctions as well as her commitment to the legal community with

over 25 years as a trial lawyer with significant trial, arbitration, and appellate experience. Ms. Brown received her undergraduate degree in Journalism and graduated with honors from the University of Montana in 1981 . She graduated from Gonzaga Law School in two years, and joined the Justice Department's Honors Program in 1984. At the Department of Justice, Ms. Brown tried lawsuits on behalf of the United States in venues throughout the western United States, including Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska, California and Texas. Her distinguished career includes receiving the Department of Justice "Outstanding Trial Attorney" Award in 1987. Most recently, Ms. Brown was honored by the Gonzaga University Alumni Association with its highest honor - the Distinguished Alumni Merit Award. Ms. Brown's commitment to excellence has earned her numerous accolades and awards throughout her career, including the following significant awards: Department of Justice - Trial Lawyer of the Year, 1987; California Association of Black Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year, 1995; and Southern California 'Super Lawyer' 2007, 2008, 2009 and 20 I 0.

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esa Burton is an Associate in Fish & Richardson P.C.'s Southern California office where her practice emphasizes intellectual property litigation and counseling including all types of complex business litigation related to patents, trademarks,

and trade secrets. She has represented clients in litigation matters before state and federal

courts, U.S. Immigration Court, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Desa's previous legal experience includes summer associate and legal services coordinator with Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (2002) and student intern with the Philadelphia Law Department's Division of Health and Human Services (2002). Her other professional experience includes various worldwide assignments in the United States Navy and Naval Reserve from 1994 through 2003. Desa is very active on civic and community boards including the City of San Diego's Managed Competition Independent Review Board, the Veterans Bar Association (San Diego Chapter), and, of course, the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association where she spearheads sponsorships and fundraising for the annual awards and scholarship dinner. 28

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ckie E. Turner is a partner in the law firm of Wilson Turner

Kosmo LLP, the largest female-owned law firm in San Diego.

She is a trial attorney who has defended product liability cases

for over 28 years. She is a 1982 graduate of the University of San Diego

School of Law where she was a member of the Law Review and was also awarded the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for excellence in Trial Advocacy. She currently serves as a member of the USD School of Law Board of Visitors and was awarded the law school's highest honor, the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award. Her outstanding trial skills have earned her national recognition. She has successfully defended manufacturers, distributors and retailers in complex product liability claims throughout California, and in 12 other western states. She was defense counsel for Ford Motor Company in a product liability case that was named one of the Top 20 Defense Counsel Verdicts for 2003. She is the recipient of an Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award from the San Diego Trial Lawyers Association and in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 20 I 0, Ms. Turner was named one of San Diego's top product liability defense attorneys by San Diego Super Lawyers. In 2005, she was selected as one of the Top 75 Women Litigators in California by the Los Angeles Daily journal. She was recently selected for inclusion in the 20 I 0 and 20 I I editions of The Best Lawyers in America® in the specialty of Product Liability Litigation. Ms. Turner has held numerous positions of leadership including President of the San Diego Lawyers Club and President of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association. Throughout her career, she has received numerous awards and honors, including Outstanding Service to the Legal Profession Award presented by the San Diego County Bar Association, Women Who Mean Business Award from the San Diego Business Journal, the Frederick Douglass Award by the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, Women of Distinction Award from Women's Inc., Outstanding Service Award from the National Bar Association and Phenomenal Woman Award presented by the San Diego County Ethnic Minority Bar Associations. She and her husband George are the proud parents of three sons. She has a passion for working with students and has devoted her time to working with the Links Achiever program for male high school students and Pathways2College for middle and high school students.

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haka Johnson currently serves as Corporate Counsel at SANYO North

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America Corporation and has served in that capacity since February of 2009. At SANYO, Mr. Johnson is responsible for numerous corporate

legal matters, including management of contracts, litigation, product development and marketing, employment, and other general corporate advising and compliance matters. Mr. Johnson's legal department is responsible for legal services to all 14 SANYO companies and divisions located in North America. Immediately prior to his work at SANYO, Mr. Johnson served as Corporate Counsel at Gateway, Inc. (from 2006-2009), where the majority of his work was in litigation, including product liability litigation, business/commercial litigation, employment litigation, and intellectual property litigation. In addition to litigation matters, Mr. Johnson was also active in product compliance, contract review, and provided counsel to the company on numerous non-litigation matters. Prior to Gateway, Mr. Johnson was a litigation attorney at Higgs, Fletcher & Mack LLP in San Diego. While at Higgs, his practice included Business Litigation, Employment Law and Litigation, Products Liability Defense, and Construction Law and Litigation. Mr. Johnson was born and raised in San Diego, California. He attended Sonoma State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, with a minor in Criminal Justice. While attending Sonoma State University, Mr. Johnson was a member of the Men's Basketball team, including three years as a captain. Immediately following his time at Sonoma State, Mr. Johnson attended the University of San Diego School of Law, and graduated in the Spring of 2003. While at USO, he was an active member of the National Mock Trial team, and received membership to the Order of the Barristers for his outstanding trial advocacy on that team. In addition to his professional career, Mr. Johnson is currently an active director within the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, the SDCBA-ACC Diversity Fellowship Program, and a member of the Jackie Robinson YMCA Board of Managers. In the past he has mentored young children, participated in Junior Achievement, and was an active participant in the Volunteers in Parole program.

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WILSON TURNER KOSMO CONGRATULATES ANTOINETTE MIDDLETON ON HER OUTSTANDING SERVICE AND CHRISTIAN SCOTT, PRESIDENT-ELECT 2010-2011 FOUNDED IN 1991, WILSON TURNER KOSMO LLP HAS DEVELOPED INTO ONE OF THE LARGEST CERTIFIED WOMEN· OWNED LAW FIRMS IN THE REGION. CURRENTLY, SIXTY-EIGHT PERCENT OF THE FIRM'S TWENTY-TWO ATTORNEYS ARE WOMEN AND TWENTY-THREE PERCENT ARE MINORITIES. OF OUR TENPARTNERS, SIX ARE WOMEN AND ONE IS A WOMAN OF COLOR. BASED IN SAN DIEGO, THE FIRM HANDLES THE BUSINESS LITIGATION NEEDS OF CLIENTS ON A LOCAL, STATEWIDE AND REGIONAL LEVEL. THE FIRM'S CLIENTS INCLUDE COMPANIES RANGING FROM FORTUNE 50 COMPANIES TO LOCAL SAN DIEGO BUSINESSES, IN A VARIETY OF INDUSTRIES, IN THE AREAS OF EMPLOYMENT LAW, PRODUCT LIABILITY, CLASS ACTION AND GENERAL BUSINESS LITIGATION. WILSON TURNER KOSMO STRIVES TO PROVIDE THE HIGHEST LEVEL TRIAL AND LITIGATION SERVICES AND SUPPORT TO OUR CLIENTS, WHILE FOSTERING A WORK ENVIRONMENT FOCUSED ON PROFESSIONALISM, RESPECT, TEAMWORK, DIVERSITY AND THE HIGHEST ETHICAL STANDARDS.

OFFICERS President Linda R. Rosborough President-Elect Vernon Goins Vice President-North Kimberlei Evans Dixon Vice President-South Jamon R. Hicks Treasurer Tangela D. Terry Financial Secretary Lemuel B. Makupson Recording Secretary Dianne Jackson McLean Parliamentarian Linnea N. Willis General Counsel Yolanda Jackson C. Edward Mack Judicial Advisors Hon. Brenda Harbin-Forte Hon. Allen Webster, Jr. Immediate Past President Jennifer S. Madden BOARD MEMBERS Northern District Representative Venus Johnson Eastern District Representative Dorethea Johnson Central District Representative Shauna M. Albright Sherri L. Cunningham Tanja Darrow Southern District Charles Edward Bell, Jr. AFFILIATE CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVES Black Women Lawyers Association Of Los Angeles, Inc. Sherri L. Cunningham Black Women Lawyers of Northern California Robin M. Peason Richard T. Fields Bar Association Charlene L. Usher Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association Antoinette Middleton Hugh W. Goodwin Bar Association Mark E. Cullers Charles Houston Bar Association Nedra Shawler John M. Langston Bar Association Lawrence C. Hinkle II Santa Clara County Black Lawyers Association Aileen F. Casanave Solano County Black Lawyers Association Michael A. Thompson Wiley Manuel Bar Association Fredericka Mc Gee

THE CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF BLACK LA WYERS CONGRATULATES THE

EARL B. GILLIAM BAR ASSOCIATION ON THE OCCASION OF ITS

34TH ANNUAL AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIP DINNER WE APPLAUD OUTGOING PRESIDENT

ANTOINETTE MIDDLETON, ESQ. ON A SUCCESSFUL YEAR AND LOOK FORWARD TO AN INSPIRING YEAR UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF INCOMING PRESIDENT

VALO REE WORTHAM, ESQ.

LINDA R. ROSBOROUGH, ESQ. CABL PRESIDENT

SAN DIEGO LA WYERS ON THE CABL BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHARLES EDWARD BELL, JR., ESQ., SOUTHERN DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE LEI-CHALA I. WILSON, ESQ., COMMUNICATIONS CHAIR AND PAST PRESIDENT

SAN DIEGO CABL LIFE MEMBERS DOC ANTHONY ANDERSON III, ESQ. DA VE COROTHERS, ESQ. HON.NAPOLEANJONES HON. RANDA TRAPP

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as a Deputy District Attorney in the San Diego District Attorney Office. In 1961, he went into private practice and continued in that capacity for two years before becoming a San Diego Municipal Court judge in 1963. He subsequently became the first African American to serve as a San Diego County Superior Court judge in 1975. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed him as judge of the United States District Court, Southern District of California. In 1993, Judge Gilliam attained senior status at the United States District Court. Judge Gilliam was the first African American U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of California and the first African American San Diego County Superior Court judge. Due to his many contributions to the legal community and community at large, Judge Gilliam was honored with more than a dozen awards during his legal career, including, but not limited to, the following: San Diego Chamber of Commerce Young Man of the Year ( 1965); San Diego Citizen of the Year ( 1973 and 1994); San Diego Good·Guy Award (1974); Boy's Club of San Diego Golden Man of the Year (1981); San Diego Trial Lawyers Association Trial judge of the Year ( 1981 ); and a place on the San Diego High School Wall of Honor ( 1994). Judge Gilliam's community and civic activities included participation in the following organizations: Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity; Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (Founding Member); Founder and Organizer, Black Jewish Dialogue; Chairman, Legal Committee of the NAACP; Board of Directors and Vice President YMCA; and Advisory Committees for the Board of Education on Equal Education. Additionally, Judge Gilliam served as a member of the Board of Directors for numerous organizations including the following: Villa View. Hospital Foundation; San Diego Kind Corporation; Burn Institute; San Diego State University Alumni Association; Salvation Army; YMCA; Urban League; Navy League; the Burn Institute of San Diego; and 200th Anniversary of the City of San Diego. Judge Gilliam was also awared the National Bar Association's Wiley A Branton Award ( 1997) and the California Association of Black Lawyers' Judicial Pioneer Award ( 1998). Judge Gilliam was also inducted into the National Bar Association Hall of Fame, which honors lawyers who have been licensed to practice for forty years or more and have made a significant contribution to the cause of justice. In 1982, the Association of Black Attorneys of San Diego County (initially founded in 1976) changed its name to the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association in honor of Judge Gilliam. Today, the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association represents the interests of African American lawyers, judges, law professors and students throughout San Diego County and strives to honor Judge Gilliam's legacy of community service.

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