On Friday, March 28, the Black Latino Asian Pacific American (BLAPA) Law Alumni Association held its annual spring dinner to celebrate the accomplishments of alumni of color and support the next generation of public service leaders.

The night’s awardees included Steven Hawkins ’88, executive director of Amnesty International USA, and Jenny Yang ’96, commissioner of the US Equal Employment Commission, who each received Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards.

The two students who have received the Derrick Bell Scholarship for Public Service, Benjamin Mejia ’15 and Evan Milligan ’15, were introduced. The scholarship supports second-year students who plan to pursue public interest law and have already demonstrated a commitment to public service. Created in 1994, the scholarship was renamed for the late Professor Derrick Bell in 2011 to honor his dedication to social justice.

The Honorable Julissa Reynoso, United States ambassador to the Oriental Republic of Uruguay and a former fellow at NYU Law, gave the keynote speech. 

Posted April 4, 2014