Alfreda Robinson, Associate Dean for Trial Advocacy, was recently elected as an Officer and was sworn in as the National Bar Association (NBA) Vice President for Regions and Affiliates at the 2017 annual NBA Convention in Toronto, Canada.
Associate Dean Robinson applied to the NBA Nominations Committee and was interviewed and vetted for months by the 12-member Nominations Committee. The committee nominated her to the full NBA membership and placed her on the Official Election Ballot. Associate Dean Robinson shared that this was a "contested" election. "Therefore, the campaign was exhaustive before and especially during the Annual Convention," she said. Associate Dean Robinson was elected by a substantial margin in the Vice President's race, and received the highest number of votes of any contested election this year.
In her new role, Associate Dean Robinson shared that she will be able to bring substantial resources and networks to collaborate on important issues and projects. When asked how her role will impact both the organization and GW Law, she said she will be able to recruit students and lawyers to the law school at both the JD and LLM level: "It will give me a wider network to recruit potential speakers, adjunct faculty, donors for scholarship, and sources for institutional entrepreneurial projects."
As NBA Vice President for Regions and Affiliates, Associate Dean Robinson will act as the principal liaison to the NBA's 84 national and international affiliates, which include the 1,500 attorneys' network of the New York Affiliate Chapters, Washington Bar Association, and GWAC.
"I look forward to working and building a better NBA and stronger voice on issues of national significance," Associate Dean Robinson said.
The National Bar Association is the nation's oldest and largest national association of predominantly African-American lawyers, judge, professors, and law students. It has 84 Affiliate Chapters throughout the United States and in Canada, the United Kingdom, Africa, and the Caribbean. The NBA represents a professional network of more than 60,000.