More than 40 graduates of UCLA School of Law traveled from all over California to the inaugural black law alumni reunion celebration on March 16.
The event was held on a sunny Saturday afternoon at the home of UCLA Law professor Devon Carbado, the Hon. Harry Pregerson Professor of Law and UCLA’s associate vice chancellor of BruinX for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Alumni enjoyed brunch and networked with several current members of UCLA Law’s Black Law Students Association, including BLSA co-chair Ajwang Rading ’20, who organized and led the event along with fellow 2Ls Saied Quadri ’20, Kendrick Coq ’20 and Omarr Rambert ’20.
Alumni participants from as far as San Diego and the Bay Area included judges, law firm partners, entrepreneurs, tech-company attorneys, prosecutors and public defenders. UCLA Law professors Sherod Thaxton and Kimberlé Crenshaw also attended the event, which raised more than $12,000 for BLSA’s 50th Solidarity Gala, to be held on April 4.
“UCLA Law’s black lawyers are leaders in today’s most defining legal and policy reforms, from fights for economic equality to efforts that reimagine California’s justice system,” says Rading, who envisioned the day as an opportunity to strengthen bridges between alumni and students.
“These legal scholars and practitioners are paving the way for progress and the delivery of justice. My fellow classmates and I are humbled at the prospect of joining this impactful community and taking on the great challenges ahead.”