Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-02-15

The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law will host two special programs during February. The public is invited to the events free of charge.

A healthcare webinar at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, will explore the topic “Why Colorblind Policies Will Not Eliminate Healthcare Disparities.” The speaker will be University of Dayton law school professor Vernellia Randall, a specialist on topics that involve race, women and healthcare. The program will be in Brock Forum, located in Dwight Beeson Hall. The webinar is approved for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit.                                                                                                                     

Jefferson County circuit judge Houston L. Brown will  present BLSA’s annual Thurgood Marshall Symposium Thursday, Feb. 25, at noon  in the moot courtroom of Robinson Hall law building. His topic will be “Diversity on the Bench.” A graduate of Talladega College and Cumberland, Brown has served as a civil court judge since 2000. A reception will follow the symposium.

The  symposium is named to honor the first African-American to serve as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lakeita Faye Rox, a third-year law student from Fort Wayne, Ind., is president of Cumberland’s BLSA. For information on the webinar or the symposium, contact Rox at (260) 348-3646.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.