Dean Robinson Receives NBA's Highest Honor

For Inspiration to Fellow Lawyers and Rich Contributions to the Legal Profession

September, 2008
-- The National Bar Association awarded its higest honor, the C. Francis Stradford Award, to GW Law Associate Dean for Trial Advocacy Alfreda Robinson.

"Dean Robinson has yet again set an outstanding example of community service and commitment, we are very proud of her and her accomplishments," said Dean Frederick M. Lawrence.

The award honors the legacy of pioneering civil rights attorney Cornelius Francis Stradford, a co-founder of the NBA. Previous award recipients included civil rights giants Fred Gray, who represented the late Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, and Judge Joyce London Alexander, the country's first African American Chief United States Magistrate Judge.

"I am deeply honored and appreciative to be in such company," said Dean Robinson.

At last year's NBA Annual Meeting, Robinson was presented with the Presidential Award, which noted her dedication and outstanding service to the NBA. The award coincided her appointment as chief counsel to the president of the National Bar Association -- Robinson's duties as chief policy director and operations manager began the same day she was given the Presidential Award.

In 2006, the NBA honored Robinson with its prestigious Sankofa Award at its annual meeting in Detroit. The Sankofa Award acknowledged Dean Robinson for "empowering our futures by her tireless efforts to make a quality education accessible to all."

The National Bar Association is the oldest and largest organization of attorneys and judges of color in the world. Founded in 1925, the NBA represents over 20,000 lawyers, judges, legal scholars and law students internationally.

Robinson was also honored this past May by GW alumni and students with the Patricia Roberts Harris Award. Robinson received the accolades at the 30th annual gala event hosted by the Black Law Student Association and the Black Law Alumni Association.


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