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About the Conference

Join the National Bar Association from March 24-March 27, 2022  for the 42nd Annual Mid-Year Conference and Gertrude E.  Rush Awards Dinner in Houston, Texas for a live, in person event.   This event pays homage to two of our most devoted civil rights leaders, Gertude E. Rush and Heman Sweatt. Full registration includes CLE offerings, the Heman Sweatt Luncheon and the Gertrude Rush Dinner.

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Who Was Gertrude Rush?

Gertrude Elzora Durden Rush (1880-1962)

 

Attorney. Civil Rights Advocate. Suffragist. Writer. Educator. 

 

This Renaissance woman did it all as the only female founder of the National Bar Association in 1925 after being refused membership in the American Bar Association. 

 

Gertrude Rush was the first African American woman to practice law in Iowa and she remained the only one until 1950.

 

She taught between 1898 and 1907 in Oswego, Kansas, governmental schools in Oklahoma Indian territory and Des Moines, Iowa.

 

Gertrude Rush won the election as president of the Colored Bar Association in 1921, becoming the first woman in the nation to lead a state bar association that included males and females.

 

Women’s rights were a focal point of her law practice and she served as state president of the National Association of Colored women’s Club. (NACWC)

 

Gertrude Rush wrote several religious plays and hymns including, “If You But Knew”(1905) and “Jesus Loves the Little Children” (1907.) She also conducted extensive research on the 240 women of the Bible. 

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COVID-19 Safety Protocol

The health and safety of our members and guests are of the utmost importance to the National Bar Association. Given the impact of COVID-19 and global health recommendations regarding large, in-person gatherings, we have made the decision for every participant to provide proof of being fully vaccinated and provide proof of a negative test 72 hours prior to the start of the event.

 

Every attendee will be required to sign a waiver upon arrival to the event certifying a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event.

 

We are following the prevention measures below:

● All participants must show proof of being FULLY VACCINATED and provide a Negative Test result.

● Mask will be required unless actively eating or drinking.

● Sanitizing stations will be prominently placed throughout the venue.

● If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or not feeling well, we ask that you do not put others in danger and remain at home.

*NBA BOARD APPROVED

 

Cancellation policy

All cancellations will be subject to a $50.00 administrative fee. No cancellations will be accepted after February 23, 2022. All cancellation requests must be made in writing via email, and any refunds will take approximately 6-8 weeks following the Conference to process.  A registration may be transferred to another attorney within the same law firm before February 23, 2022.

All cancellation and transfer requests must be emailed no later than February 23, 2022 to the NBA at events@nationalbar.org 

Sponsor Opportunities

View our sponsorship brochure.

 

For additional information please email 

sponsorships@nationalbar.org

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Hotel & Shuttle Information

Marriott Marquis Houston 

1777 Walker Street

Houston, TX 77010

Reservations

Please click the following link or call the Marriott Marquis at the following number to make reservations: 

 

http://book.passkey.com/e/50277766

Phone: 877-622-3056

Call to reserve and ask for the NBA Room Block.

Cut off date

March 9, 2022

Super Shuttle Express Discount

 

Super Shuttle is offering a 5% discount when you make reservations on the SuperShuttle or ExecuCar web site or on the app.  This discount will be good at all airports they serve and is active 5 days before your arrival and 5 days after your arrival. To take advantage of the discount, enter into the discount code field: KHC6Y (5% discount) or use the link:  

https://www.supershuttle.com/default.aspx?GC=KHC6Y

 
 
 

Award Recipients

The National Bar Association Congratulates the Annual Lifetime Achievement Award, Presidential Award of Excellence, Gertrude E. Rush Award, and Heman M. Sweatt Award Recipients!

 

Sponsors

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Registration

Thursday, March 24, 2022 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ballroom Foyer

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Judicial Council Meet & Greet

Thursday, March 24, 2022 | 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Harris County Civil Courtroom | 201 Caroline | 17th Floor

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Voting Rights Town Hall

Thursday, March 24, 2022 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Texas Southern University | Roderick R. Paige Education Building

(Bus transportation provided, Marriott - Crawford Street Entrance)

Panelists:

  • Judge Carlos E. Moore, Moderator

    • National Bar Association, 79th President

  • Gary Bledsoe, Esq.

    • Texas NAACP State Conference, Chair

  • Bishop Dr. James W. E. Dixon, II

    • Houston NAACP, President

  • Alexis Ferguson

    • Texas Southern University, SGA Executive Secretary

  • The Honorable Christian Menefee

    • Harris County Attorney

  • The Honorable Ron E. Reynolds, Jr.

    • Texas Legislative Black Caucus, Vice Chair

  • The Honorable Carroll Robinson

    • Texas Southern University, Political Science Professor

  • The Honorable Judson Robinson, III

    • Houston Urban League, President

  • The Honorable Bridgette Smith-Lawson

    • Fort Bend County Attorney

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Review of “The Whiteness of Wealth” (CLE)

Thursday, March 24, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Houston Ballroom Salon V, Level 2

Presented by NBA Tax Law Section

Panelists:

  • Dorothy A. Brown

    • Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law | Emory University

 

  • Sheila Dansby Harvey (Co-Moderator)

    • Principal | My PFF, LLC

 

  • Beverly Winstead (Co-moderator)

    • Founder and Principal | Beverly Winstead, LLC

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Welcome to Houston Reception - “Saddle Up and Put Your Boots On"

Thursday, March 24, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

(Bus transportation provided, Marriott - Crawford Street Entrance)

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Private Event

Thursday, March 24, 2022 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Location TBA

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Registration

Friday, March 25, 2022 | 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Ballroom Foyer

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Judicial Security: Your Life Depends On It! (CLE)

Friday, March 25, 2022 | 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Parker Boardroom, Level 3

Panelists:

  • Judge Monte Watkins

    • NBA Judicial Council, Chair

    • Davidson County Criminal Court Division V, Twentieth Judicial District, Tennessee

  • Judge Harry Cantrell (Ret.)

    • Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, Louisiana

  • Judge Nicole Sheppard

    • Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Louisiana

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Trial Lawyer Psychology 101 (CLE)

Friday, March 25, 2022 | 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Location TBA

Panelists:

  • R.J. Blue

    • Senior Trial Attorney | Nationwide

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Who We Are As An Advantage: Diversity and Inclusion Issues Post George Floyd (CLE)

Friday, March 25, 2022 | 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Houston Ballroom Salon VII, Level 2

Panelists:

  • Chevazz G. Brown, Esq.

    • Jackson Walker, LLP, Partner

  • Countess Dudley, Esq.

    • Texas Southern University, Assistant General Counsel

  • Krystal Studavent Ramsey, Esq.

    • Blank Rome, LLP, Director of Diversity & Inclusion

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The Evolution of Sweatt v. Painter: "What Was Then and What is Now" (CLE)

Friday, March 25, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Parker Boardroom, Level 3

Panelists:

  • Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt

    • Southern District of Texas, United States

  • Chief Justice Carolyn Wright (Ret.)

    • Fifth Court of Appeals, Texas

  • Justice Maryellen Whitlock Hicks (Ret.)

    • Second Court of Appeals, Texas

  • James M. Douglas, Esq.

    • Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Distinguished Professor

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Social Work and Poverty Law: A Case for Collaboration (CLE)

Friday, March 25, 2022 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Houston Ballroom Salon V, Level 2

Panelists:

  • Brandi Lowery, Esq.

    • Lone Star Legal Aid, Staff Attorney

  • Ashleigh Gardner-Cormier

    • Lone Star Legal Aid, Social Worker

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Mass Tort (CLE) | Sponsored by McDonald Worley

Friday, March 25, 2022 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Houston Ballroom Salon VII, Level 2

Sponsored by McDonald Worley, P.C.

Panelists:

  • Don Worley

    • Partner | McDonald Worley

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Heman Sweatt Awards Luncheon

Friday, March 25, 2022 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Houston Ballroom Salon IV, Level 2

Heman Sweatt Awardees

  • Gary Bledsoe, Esq.

  • Judge Alice Bonner

  • Marcus V. Brown, Esq.

  • Judge Vanessa Gilmore (Ret.)

  • Judge Winston Kidd

 

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

  • U. Lawrence Boze, Esq., NBA Past President

Presidential Award of Excellence Recipient

  • Texas Black Caucus Legislative

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Haitian Migration & Immigration (CLE)

Friday, March 25, 2022 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Houston Ballroom Salon V, Level 2

Panelists:

  • Alexandra Okolie

    • Adjunct Professor | Texas Southern University-Thurgood Marshall School of Law

    • Associate Attorney | Coane and Associates, PLLC

 

  • Dr. Marie Asher Baptiste

    • Vice President | American Caribbean Chamber of Commerce

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Building a 7-Figure Law Practice (CLE)

Friday, March 25, 2022 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Houston Ballroom Salon VII, Level 2

Panelists:

  • George Oginni, Esq., MBA (Moderator)

    • Founding Partner | Leo & Oginni Trial Lawyers PLLC

 

  • Ricky Anderson

    • Attorney at Law | Anderson & Smith, P.C.

 

  • The Honorable Eric Dick

    • Attorney at Law | Dick Law Firm, PLLC

 

  • Edward Okwueze

    • Attorney at Law | Edward Law Group

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Board of Governors’ Meeting

Friday, March 25, 2022 | 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Harris Room, Level 2

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Bail Reform: Defining What is a Reasonable Bond (CLE) | Sponsored by Turnsignl

Friday, March 25, 2022 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Houston Ballroom Salon V, Level 2

Sponsored by TurnSIGNL

Panelists:

  • Qunion Brooker (Moderator)

    • Founding Partner | QB Law

 

  • Jackie Carpenter

    • Assistant Public Defender | Harris County Public Defender’s Office

 

  • The Hon. Darrell Jordan

    • Harris County Criminal Court 16 | Harris County Courts

 

  • The Honorable DaSean Jones

    • District Judge | State of Texas

 

  • The Honorable Brian Middleton

    • District Attorney of Fort Bend County​

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Social Activity Judicial Council

Friday, March 25, 2022 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Davis Street Restaurant

5926 Almeda Road

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Private Event

Friday, March 25, 2022 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Location TBA

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Registration

Saturday, March 26, 2022 | 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Ballroom Foyer

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Judicial Ethics: Did you really say that? (CLE)

Saturday, March 26, 2022 | 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Parker Boardroom, Level 3

Panelists:

  • Judge Nicole Sheppard

    • Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Louisiana

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Presidential Showcase on Reparations

Saturday, March 26, 2022 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Houston Ballroom Salon I, Level 2

Panelists:

  • Judge Shauna Graves-Robertson, Moderator

    • Salt Lake County Justice Court, Utah

  • The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee

    • United States House of Representatives, 18th Congressional District of Texas

  • Ryan Haygood

    • New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, President and CEO

  • DeMario Simmons-Solomon, Esq.

    • Solomon Simmons Law, Managing Partner

  • Nkechi Taifa

    • The Taifa Group, LLC, Founder and CEO

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Judicial Council Executive Board Meeting

Saturday, March 26, 2022 | 10:30 pm - 12:00 pm

Parker Boardroom, Level 3

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President Elect’s Planning Meeting

Saturday, March 26, 2022 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Houston Ballroom Salon VII, Level 3

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Meetings of Sections and Divisions

Saturday, March 26, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Parker Boardroom, Level 3

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Meetings of NBA Affiliates

Saturday, March 26, 2022 | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Houston Ballroom Salon V, Level 3

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Gertrude E. Rush Reception

Saturday, March 26, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Houston Ballroom Foyer, Level 2

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Gertrude E. Rush Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Saturday, March 26, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Houston Ballroom Salon I - IV

Award Recipients

  • James Carter, Esq.

  • Commissioner Rodney Ellis

  • Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford

  • Congressman Al Green

  • Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

  • Mayor Sylvester Turner

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Afterglow

Saturday, March 26, 2022 | 10:00 pm

Houston Ballroom Salon I - IV

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Departures

Sunday, March 27, 2022 

See you next year at the 43rd Annual Mid-Year Conference and Gertrude E. Rush Awards Dinner!