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32nd Annual Students of Color Dinner

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

This year, the Black Law Students Association, the Latin American Law Students Association, the Asian Law Students Association and the Native American Indigenous Law Student Association hosted the Students of Color Dinner to celebrate the graduation and achievements of their third-year members. We also honored the achievements of outstanding individuals in the legal community who have helped pave the way for minority legal professionals.

We were pleased to recognize this year’s honorees and keynote:

  • Keynote: Joseph M. Hanna ’05, Partner, Goldberg Segalla– Keynote Speaker
  • Trailblazer: Sarah M. Washington ’16, National Fuel
  • Distinguished Alumni: Hon Kevin M. Carter ’89, District Administrative Judge, Eighth Judicial District
  • Ally Award: Olivia Binda ’23, University at Buffalo School of Law
  • Jacob Hyman Professor of the Year: Heather Abraham, Associate Professor and Director of the Civil Rights & Transparency Clinic

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SOC Dinner Co-Chairs 2023:

  • Shamira Nawz ’23
  • Ariyana DeWitz ’22
  • Jodaliza Gloder '24