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Over 800 alumni returned to Harvard Law School on September 16-18, 2016, for the fourth Celebration of Black Alumni (CBA), Turning Vision into Action. The event brought together generations of black alumni to reconnect with old friends, network with new ones and take part in compelling discussions about the challenges and opportunities in local, national and global communities.

The weekend kicked-off with a mentoring event hosted by the Black Law Students Association (BLSA). U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch ’84 delivered the keynote address at the Harvard Law School Association (HLSA) Celebration Luncheon honoring HLS black judges and justices. Bryan Stevenson ’85, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, gave a keynote presentation at a luncheon honoring the founding members of BLSA and the Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal.

There were over 15 plenaries and panel discussions, including a “CEO Roundtable,” “Community Justice and Politics as an Engine for Social Change,” “The African-American HLS Graduate as Judge, Prosecutor or Defender,” and “Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession.”

During the celebration, Theodore V. Wells, Jr., JD/MBA’76, received the Charles Hamilton Houston Medal of Freedom, Professor Charles J. Ogletree ’78 was recognized with the Celebration Award, and Professor David B. Wilkins ’80 received the Harvard Law School Association Award.