The Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association's gala event held in late 2014 was filled with honors for one California Western alumnus and four current students.
California Western alumnus Charles E. Bell Jr. '07 was inducted as the EBGBA's new president and three students, 2L Sabira Abdulhameed, 3L Rachael J. Bailey, 2L Brandon J. Frazier, and 3L Trashon J. Herndon, were awarded scholarships at the association's annual dinner.
"The Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association members have been truly supportive of me. And this scholarship award is a tremendous extension of that support and as well as a great honor," said Abdulhameed.
"I am honored and humbled to have received a scholarship from the EBGBA, said Bailey. "I admire their commitment to the community and active involvement in promoting students' success while in law school. It's reassuring to know that there is a community I can connect with as a student and continue to be involved with upon graduating."
Bell is a San Diego deputy city attorney in the civil division and a member of the California Western Alumni Association Board of Directors.
"I have benefited greatly from my involvement with the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, Bell said of his new presidency. "Specifically, from the relationships that I have built, not only in the San Diego African-American legal community, but the numerous legal communities throughout the state. I am honored at the opportunity to continue this association's commitment to the diversity, mentorship, and the community."
About Earl B. Gilliam
The late Earl B. Gilliam was a trailblazer in every sense of the word. He was the first African-American to be appointed to the San Diego County Superior Court and later the first African-American federal judge for the Southern District of California. The Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association honors his distinguished legacy and continues to inspire its members and the San Diego legal community to this day.
California Western's support of the EBGBA is part of the law school's central belief that a diversified student body enriches the academic and interpersonal experiences of law school. The faculty and staff quickly and comfortably welcome each student into the school community, encouraging all students to participate in the numerous academic, multicultural, pre-professional, and social opportunities present at the law school.
California Western congratulates Bell, Abdulhameed, Bailey, Frazier, and Herndon on the achievements.