Multi-cultural Judges & Lawyers (MJL) Section

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MJL SUPPLEMENTAL BAR PROGRAM
HAILE ALFORD SCHOLARSHIP

Multi-cultural Judges & Lawyers Section Mission Statement

The general purposes of the Section, as set forth in its Bylaws, are to further the objectives of the Delaware State Bar Association (the “DSBA”), further the interests of attorneys, judges and members of the community of diverse ethnic backgrounds, foster communication and understanding among diverse groups within both the legal and greater community, encourage the public service rendered by its Members and promote the professional development and interests of its Members.

Important Resources & Links

MJL’s Statement to the Delaware Bar regarding Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter Resource Bulletin / August 2020 Resources and Events

MJL’s Statement in Support of the AAPI Community & Resources

Officers

Position

Officer

Chair Alberto E. Chávez, Esq.
Executive Vice-Chair Katelin Morales, Esq.
Vice-Chair, Legislative Affairs & Community Relations Emily A. Bryant-Álvarez, Esq.
Vice-Chair, Public Relations Rochelle Libid Gumapac
Vice-Chair, Law School Outreach Joshua B. Brooks
Vice-Chair, Special Events Olufunke O. Leroy, Esq.
Secretary Juan E. Martinez
Financial Secretary Caneel Radinson-Blasucci, Esq
Advisory Board The Honorable Aida Waserstein
Wilson A. Gualpa
Loren Holland, Esq

Schedule of Events & Meetings

MJL SUPPLEMENTAL BAR PROGRAM

  • MJL Supplemental Bar Program: Every Thursday from 6-8PM from May 19, 2022 to July 16, 2022 at the Delaware Law School. Due to generous sponsorships from the DE legal community, the MJL is excited to announce financial need-based scholarships for the 2022 Program. The scholarships are for those who are experiencing financial hardships and will cover the cost of the MJL Course fee ($135).  In order to apply, please submit a statement (no more than 500 words) addressing the following:
    • Why you want to take the MJL Supplemental Bar Course;
    • How participating in the course will impact you;
    • Briefly share your financial hardships; and
    • Your commitment to the MJL Section.

    Please email all scholarship statements to suppbarreview.mjl@gmail.com by 5pm on April 29, 2022.

  • Click here for the 2022 SUPPLEMENTAL BAR PROGRAM PACKET.

The MJL would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support!

Current Projects & Activities

  • The Haile L. Alford Breakfast: On Thursday, May 12, 2022 from 8:30 am to 11:00 am at the DuPont Country Club, 1001 Rockland Road, Wilmington, Delaware the Multicultural Judges & Lawyers Section of the Delaware State Bar Association (“MJL Section”) will host its annual Haile L. Alford Memorial Breakfast.
  • The Alford Memorial Breakfast honors the life and legacy of Judge Haile L. Alford, the first African American woman appointed to serve on the Superior Court of Delaware. Judge Alford was an avid proponent of increased diversity in the Delaware Bar. This year, we are excited to have as our keynote speaker, The Honorable Tamika Montgomery-Reeves, of the Delaware
    Supreme Court.
  • In honor of Judge Alford and her legacy, the MJL Section will present the Alford Excellence Award to deserving law school recipients who have indicated their intent to sit for the 2022 Delaware Bar Exam and practice law in the State of Delaware. The MJL Section will also present the MJL Community Service Award and the MJL Leadership Award to individuals or organizations who have exhibited outstanding service in these areas.
  • SPONSOR THIS EVENT:  The MJL needs support for sponsoring the breakfast which can be achieved at many different levels.  To see more information about sponsorship, click HERE.
  • The application deadline for the Alford Excellence Award Scholoarship is April 8, 2022.  The applications will be reviewed by a committee and the award recipients will be announced to the MJL Section and the rest of the Bar later this year in the Bar Journal. We will also be awarding both a Leadership Award and a Community Service Award.  The Leadership Award will be awarded to a member of the Section who exhibits leadership and dedication to the MJL Section’s mission and goals.  The Community Service Award will be awarded to an individual or organization who has demonstrated a strong commitment and has made outstanding contributions to serving the community.  Please submit nominations to Emily Bryant-Alvarez, Esq. at Emily_BryantAlvarez@ded.uscourts.gov by April 8, 2022.  Your submission should include the nominee’s name and a brief description of why the nominee should receive the award.  The nominations will be reviewed by a committee and the award recipients will be announced to the MJL Section and the rest of the Bar later this year in the Bar Journal.
  • Each scholarship recipient will be required to submit proof of a submitted application to sit for the 2022 Delaware Bar by May 6, 2022. Failure to do so will lead to forfeiture of the scholarship.

Completed Projects & Past Events

  • Upcoming Event: Diversity in the Bar and a Road to the Judiciary on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 from 5:30 – 7: 00 p.m via Zoom.
  • General Body Meeting – February 21, 2019; Special Guest:  Hon. Lisa Blunt Rochester, U.S. House of Representative from Delaware
  • September 29, 2016, 6:00 p.m.– MJL Kick-Off Meeting
    Location: Merchant Bar
  • October, 2016 – 2nd Annual Beginner’s Golf Outing
    Location: TBA
  • October 20, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – Annual New Admittee Bar Toast Event
    Location: University & Whist Club
  • December 2016, 6:00 p.m. – Holiday Networking Mixer/Toy Drive
    Location: TBA

Membership

MJL welcomes new members. If you would like to join the MJL Section, please contact LaTonya Tucker, Director of Bar Services and Membership.