National Bar Celebrates its 25th With Regional Issues Symposiums - October 10, 2014

The National Bar Association’s (NBA) first Annual Wiley A. Branton Awards Luncheon and Issues Symposium was held in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1989. The Symposium, established as a tribute to Wiley A. Branton, a stalwart in the Civil Rights arena, was first held in his hometown. Since 1989, the NBA has used this Symposium as an avenue to discuss pressing social, legal, and political issues affecting our communities.

During the 2014-2015 bar year, the NBA will host the 25th Annual Issues Symposium. In honor of this milestone, four Issues Symposiums will be held from October 10- November 7, 2014:

East Coast
St. John’s University School of Law
Queens, New York | October 10, 2014
Hosted by St. John’s University School of Law and University of Houston Law Center

West Coast
Western State College of Law
Fullerton, California | October 17, 2014

Southern University Law Center
Baton Rouge, Louisiana | October 30-31, 2014

University of Arkansas School of Law
Fayetteville, Arkansas | November 7, 2014

For more information contact Wiley A. Branton Chair Professor Tracie R. Porter at or Vice-Chair Dean Everett Bellamy at


The National Bar Association’s Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Wiley A. Branton Award, named in honor of attorney and civil rights activist Wiley A. Branton. This award is presented “to a person or person(s) demonstrating or have demonstrated leadership on the cutting edge of law for civil, social and economic justice.”  Past recipients of the award include:
  • The Little Rock Nine
  • Jewel LaFontant-Mankarious
  • Dr. Dorothy I. Height
  • U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah and
  • Rev. Dr. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

A Wiley A. Branton Award will be given each location. To place a nomination visit

Louisiana State Bar Association
601 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130
(800) 421-LSBA(5722) / (504) 566-1600