BLSA to host 30th Annual Scholarship Banquet on Friday, Feb. 13

The Wake Forest Black Law Students Association (BLSA) will host its 30th Annual Scholarship Banquet on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. 

The event will begin with a cocktail reception at 5:30, followed by dinner, the keynote address and presentation of awards beginning at 6 p.m.

The keynote address will be given by Judge Roger Gregory of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He joined the court in 2001 after being nominated by former President Bill Clinton. He received his bachelor’s degree from Virginia State University and his J.D. in 1978 from Michigan Law School.

In addition to the keynote address, the evening will feature the awarding of BLSA scholarships and the presentation of the BLSA Legacy Award. The banquet will also celebrate the inaugural granting of the David H. Wagner Jr. Scholarship. David H. Wagner Jr. was one of the first black students to graduate from Wake Forest Law, and consistently demonstrated his commitment both to education and to the community. The scholarship will honor his memory and ensure that his legacy continues among Wake Forest Law students.

Tickets for the event are $65 per person and $30 for Wake Forest Law students, or $600 for a table of 10. Purchases must be made no later than Jan. 31. BLSA will also be accepting donations at any time, and invites donors to include their name and organization so that they may be recognized during the event.

The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA), was founded in 1968 by Algernon Johnson (”AJ”) Cooper, former mayor of Prichard, Ala., at New York University Law School. NBLSA was formed to articulate and promote the needs and goals of black law students and effectuate change in the legal community. Today, NBLSA is the largest student run organization in the United States with more than 6,000 members and 200 chapters. NBLSA chapters and affiliates can be found in six different countries including The Bahamas, Nigeria and South Africa.The BLSA Scholarship fund was established in 1984 with gracious donations from faculty, firms and alumni to assist law students with tuition. The BLSA Banquet was established in 1985 and remains a cornerstone of BLSA’s legacy in raising scholarship funds for students.