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MABL Foundation Awards Scholarships to Law School Students

NOVEMBER 21, 2011—Three Law School students were awarded scholarships from the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL) Foundation at its Annual Scholarship Gala on November 12, 2011. Rashya Cunningham (’13) received the William McGee scholarship, Tennille McCray (’12) received an MABL scholarship, and Elisha Rapp (’13) received the Pamela Alexander scholarship.

The annual gala, a benefit for the MABL Foundation to support its scholarships, was held at the Minneapolis Hilton Hotel. It was entitled "Looking Ahead While Reaching Back" and celebrated the strides toward legal justice and equal opportunity of Minnesota law students and lawyers.

The keynote address was presented by Billy Martin of Dorsey & Whitney’s Washington, D.C., office, who was hired as outside counsel to the House Ethics Committee in July. A defense attorney in several high-profile cases, including those of Sen. Larry Craig and Atlanta mayor Bill Campbell, Martin is a former official with the U.S. Department of Justice and a former instructor at the Justice Department’s Trial Advocacy Institute.

Also honored was Edward Toussaint Jr., former chief judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals and current professor of law at William Mitchell College of Law. He was selected by the MABL Board to receive the Profile in Courage Award, given each year to a prominent member of the Black community for commitment to justice and the ideals of MABL.

Each year the MABL Foundation gives scholarships to talented students from Minnesota law schools who demonstrate academic excellence and commitment to their communities and the principles of MABL. The leading Minnesota minority bar association, MABL was formed to promote professional development of Minnesota’s black lawyers, judges, and law students and to support the interests of Black citizens in the legal profession and the judicial system across the state.