Prof. Williams honored with Langston Bar Association's Excellence in Academia Award

Professor Gary Williams, holder of the Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Chair in Civil Rights, was honored with the Excellence in Academia Award by the Langston Bar Association at the group’s 2014 Installation & Awards Gala on Feb. 8 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. During the same event, Law School alumnus  John Anthony ’05 was installed as president of the organization.

Williams advises Loyola’s Judge Stephen O’Neil Trial Advocacy Mentoring Program (better known as the Young Lawyers Program), which enters its 15th year in spring 2014. The mentoring initiative was established by the Black Law Students Association and La Raza de Loyola. The mock-trial training program aims to expose youth from underrepresented groups to the benefits of obtaining an advanced professional degree. Loyola students plan the program, recruit high school students, teach the lessons, select a trial problem and coach the trial teams to a final competition in April. 

Participating students have gone on to pursue legal careers. Ashley Williams, a 2007 graduate of Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, enrolled at Southwestern Law School after graduating from UCLA. Williams, a first-year student, volunteers in the chambers of the Hon. Harry Pregerson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Williams credits her Young Lawyers mentor, alumna Ibiere Seck of the Cochran Firm, with inspiring her to attend law school.