MASSACHUSETTS BLACK JUDGES
PRESENTS ANNUAL BOOK AWARDS TO LAW SCHOOL STUDENTS
Massachusetts Black Judges Conference presented its twentieth
annual book awards to nine outstanding Massachusetts
law school students on Tuesday, May 29 in the John Adams
Courthouse with their families and friends in attendance.
Southeast Housing Court Judge and Massachusetts Black
Judges Conference President Wilbur P. Edwards, Jr. served
as Master of Ceremonies.
Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall congratulated
the law students on their achievements, and encouraged
them to strive to make a difference in the lives of those
who are less fortunate and to bring a renewed commitment
to “the most fundamental of values—justice
year, the Massachusetts Black Judges Conference awards
stipends to deserving second-year law school students
to assist them in covering the costs of their law books
for the following year. Law schools nominate students
based upon academic achievement, leadership qualities,
potential trial skills, and need. The Book Award Committee
selects the winners from the list of nominees.
Massachusetts Black Judges Conference is dedicated to
the support of African-American judges, and serves as
a vehicle for discussion and action on a variety of issues
of interest to them.
Row: (from left,seated) Supreme
Judicial Court Justice Roderick L. Ireland, Supreme
Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall,
Southeast Housing Court Judge and President of
the Massachusetts Black Judges Conference Wilbur
P. Edwards, Jr., and Appeals Court Justice R.
Back Row: (from left,
standing) Shawanna Johnson, Boston University
School of Law; Franciska Coleman, Harvard
Law School; Karen Joe Lucien, Massachusetts
School of Law; Stephanie J. Dorvil, Northeastern
University School of Law; Aisha J. Milbury,
New England School of Law; Doris O. Brown,
Southern New England School of Law; Gregory
Burnett, Boston College Law School; Adam
J. Foss, Suffolk University Law School;
New Bedford District Court Judge Julie
J. Bernard, Co-Chair with Judge Edwards
of Book Award Committee; and Peabody District
Court Judge Stacey J. Fortes-White (Absent
from photo: Reginald Guerrier, Western
New England College of Law).