BLSA celebrates its 29th annual scholarship banquet with keynote by Chief Judge of 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, Feb. 28

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Wake Forest Black Law Students Association will host its 29th annual Scholarship Banquet on Friday, Feb. 28, at the Milton Rhodes Arts Center.  This is the BLSA Scholarship’s 30th year of existence at Wake Forest Law.

The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and a full program at 6. The banquet is the annual fundraising effort for the BLSA Scholarship Fund.

“This banquet will be bigger than ever and we are looking forward to an amazing evening,” says Ashley N. Waring (’15),  BLSA vice-president and Scholarship Banquet Committee Chair.

This year, BLSA celebrates its 29th year Scholarship Banquet at Wake Forest University and the 30th year the scholarship has been in place.  “As a nation, we celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board of Education ruling and the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and Martin Luther King Jr,’s receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize,” Waring explained. 

In addition to a keynote address by the Honorable Carl E. Stewart, the evening will feature the awarding of BLSA Scholarships and the inaugural presentation of the BLSA Legacy Award.

Judge Stewart

Judge Stewart

The keynote speaker is the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Chief Judge Stewart is the first African American Chief Judge on the Fifth Circuit.  In addition to his current role, Chief Judge Stewart serves as vice president of the American Inns of Court Foundation.  He is known for his commitment to community service and his receipt of numerous awards for his contributions to charitable and educational activities and events.  Furthermore, he is a board member of the Norwela Council Boy Scouts of America, is a chairman of the Whitney M. Young, Jr. National Service Award Selection Committee for Boy Scouts of American and is a member of the Boy Scouts of America National Scoutreach Committee at the national level.

Banquet tickets are $60 per person for non-Wake Forest Law students and $30 per person for Wake Forest Law students. A table for 10 is available for $600.  Tickets must be purchased in advance by Jan. 31 for non-Wake Forest Law students  as they will not be available at the door. You may also show your support by making a donation to the BLSA Scholarship Fund.  For more information, contact Waring at