Friday, July 20, 2012

IMPACT and National Bar Association Honors “2012 Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40”

David Johns, IMPACT Director; Angela Rye, Esq., IMPACT Founder and Director; Jeff Johnson, Gala Emcee; and Joe D. Briggs, Esq., IMPACT Founder and Director

On Sunday, July 15, 2012, IMPACT and the National Bar Association (NBA) honored the “2012 Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40” during the NBA’s 87th Convention in Las Vegas, NV.

Nation’s Best Advocates recognizes talented individuals (age 40 and under) within the African American legal community who have achieved prominence and distinction, professionally and philanthropically. Selected nominees represented a cross-section of legal professionals: solo practitioners, government lawyers, judges, academicians, corporate counsels, young elected officials, and other lawyers using their degrees in innovative ways. Nominees were chosen based on their achievement, innovation, vision, leadership and legal community involvement.

“The NBA is proud to partner again with IMPACT for this year’s 40 Lawyers Under 40 event. We applaud the awardees for their significant accomplishments and contributions towards the legal profession and community,” said Daryl Parks, NBA President. “We look forward to sustaining our mission of service and ensuring that justice is achieved by all.”

“The 2012 Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40 are continuing the tradition of legal giants in American history,” said Angela Rye, IMPACT Director of Strategic Partnerships. “The invaluable contributions made by these attorneys establish a standard for service and excellence in our communities and our Nation.”

Honorees Camille Townsend, Latrice A.G. Byrdsong and Alisia Mary Adamson

Attendees network at the third annual Nations Best Advocates Gala and Reception

The recipients of the Nation’s Best Advocate of the Year, Excellence in Leadership, Service, Activism, and Innovation awards were recognized at the event, which is the only of its kind. The honorees are: Alisia Mary Adamson, Advocate of the Year; Latrice A.G. Byrdsong, Excellence in Leadership; Goldie K. Gabriel, Excellence in Activism; Camille Y. Townsend, Excellence in Innovation; and Catherine Ongiri, Excellence in Service.

View the entire list of the 2012 Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40 honorees here.

The 2012 “Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40” Class

The National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and is the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African American attorneys and judges. It represents approximately 44,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students and has over 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world. For additional information about the National Bar Association, visit

IMPACT is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage and build a network of young professionals of color to foster civic engagement, increase knowledge of the political and legislative processes, and enhance economic empowerment opportunities. For additional information about IMPACT, visit

Photography by Kea Taylor

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