WMU-Cooley Black Law Students Association hosts 22nd Annual Charles Hamilton Houston Black Tie Gala


Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Black Law Students Association (BLSA) hosted the 22nd Annual Charles Hamilton Houston Black Tie Gala on Nov. 18 at the Eagle Eye Country Club in Bath, Mich.

Janene McIntyre, WMU-Cooley graduate and founder of the McIntyre Group, a Michigan-based law and consulting firm focused on assisting organization development and implementing systems that support growth, was the event’s keynote speaker.

During her remarks McIntyre said, “Always stay true to who you are,” and reminded students to remain ethical and stay true to God’s purpose.

BLSA hosts the Charles Hamilton Houston Black Tie event each fall to acknowledge the great achievements of Houston in the fight against racial injustice, as well as provide students with the opportunity to network with judges, attorneys, and other community leaders from the Greater Lansing area. This year’s award winners included:

• Amia Banks, Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a high standard of academic performance while being active within WMU-Cooley Law School, and proving to be a well-rounded scholar.

• Raquel Wollaston, Marcus Garvey Book Scholarship for her leadership and positive influences she has and intends to have on her community.

• James Smith, Unsung Hero Award for his commitment to academic excellence, dedicated service, and outstanding accomplishments.

• Professor Emily Horvath, Above and Beyond Award for her outstanding service and dedication to the student body.

• Professor Lewis Langham, Jr., Norman Fell Chairperson’s Award for advancing the cause of social and restorative justice, and using his lawyering skills to help underrepresented groups in the criminal justice system, government, and greater Lansing community.



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