During the closing awards banquet, the organization will honor only two outstanding attorneys who truly exemplify the ideal of “lifting as one climbs." Awardees are selected not only on the work and accomplishments of their careers, but also on the demonstration of their extraordinarily unwavering commitment and tireless service to assist aspiring lawyers who want to follow in their footsteps and to help diversify the American legal profession.
John Crump, the Executive Director Emeritus of the National Bar Association, will be receiving the distinguished 2012 Legacy Builder Award. A visionary leader who has left a legacy of 30 years of service to the bar and the profession, Crump is being celebrated specifically for his vision and implementation of the National Bar Association’
This two-week, residential program introduces the American judicial system and legal education to 14 to 17 year olds in the 9th through 11th grades from all over the country. Housed at Howard University, one of the most prestigious Black universities in the United States, the Crump Law Camp provides these students with a rigorous academic curriculum of law classes at Howard’s law school, exposure to the courts, field trips, guest lectures by top legal professionals, and a mock trial competition. Participants have the opportunity to take part in this unforgettable experience all in the seat of government, the nation’s capitol of Washington, DC. To help ensure their success after their graduation from the camp, all Crump campers are paired with college student, law student, law professor, and practicing attorney mentors who continue their relationships with them as they move through high school, college and ultimately law school. This academic and career exploration summer camp has become the centerpiece of the National Bar Association’
This bold and pioneering program is considered a “model” for other bar associations to emulate, particularly those truly serious about building a strong minority pipeline to law school and the law profession. For well over a decade, hundreds of diverse high school students from all over the country have benefitted from participating in this camp. The country, which is in dire need of more attorneys of color, will reap the benefits in years to come as many of the camp graduates go on to law school and credit the camp as a crucial turning point in their early decision to pursue a legal career.
As a Legacy Builder Award honoree, Attorney John Crump will be publicly applauded and recognized for building a legacy of selfless commitment and service for current and aspiring lawyers to follow. Everyone is invited to this celebration of this illustrious visionary, leader and contributor. For more information on the conference and the awards banquet, please visit the official website at http://www.blackprelawconference.com or call 281-944-LAW4 or 281-247-4026.