Prior to their upcoming commencement, 2017-18 graduates of Birmingham School of Law enjoyed a Graduate and Awards Gala on May 18th at the Harbert Center in Birmingham. Approximately 250 guests attended the event organized by members of the Judge Hugh Locke Honor Society.
The evening included award presentations, food, and dancing. “It was a special night for everyone,” says Lakedra Armstead, president of the honor society. “It was an honor for us to organize one of the most important traditions at BSL and to celebrate our fellow classmates.”
Special recognitions highlighted the evening, including the announcement of the top three graduates: Valedictorian Anthony Berry Coleman, Salutatorian Jack Nolen, and Summa Cum Laude graduate Heather “Duchess” Charette.
The sister of Gary Carreker, Ms. Lisa Watson, was a special guest of the gala. Carreker, a 2017-18 graduate, died recently in an automobile accident. “We were thankful to have Gary’s family attend the Gala in his honor,” Armstead says. BSL’s Black Law Student Association presented Ms. Watson with a special award for Gary, who was a long-time member of BLSA.
Other highlights of the evening included the presentation of the inaugural E. Leon Sanders Scholarship. The annual award was introduced by Bruce Bright, president of Jefferson Title, and was presented to the winner, Lewis McDonald, by Amye von Seebach (BSL Class of 2012 and Executive Vice President of Jefferson Title).
The Gala will continue to be an annual event in the future and will be coordinated by the Judge Hugh Locke Honor Society. “We thank all who attended, volunteered for, and sponsored our event,” Armstead says, “and we especially thank the Birmingham School of Law administration for allowing the honor society to organize the special evening.”
Sponsors of the event were:
B & B Construction
Capstone Medical Resources
Hughes & Diver Attorneys at Law
Katherine Elmore, Esq.
Moe’s BBQ Lakeview
The Patton Firm
JD Walker, Esq.
Southern Sky Aviation
Wiggins Childs Pantazis Fisher & Goldfarb
Viese Grese by LaViese Southward