IMPACT and National Bar Association Honor “40 Lawyers Under 40”

IMPACT and National Bar Association Honor “40 Lawyers Under 40”


On Sunday, July 15, 2012, IMPACT in conjunction with the National Bar Association honored some of our Nation’s youngest and brightest African-Americans lawyers during the NBA’s 87th Annual Convention in Las Vegas, NV.

IMPACT is a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging and building a network of young professionals of color to foster civic engagement, increasing knowledge of political and legislative processes, and enhancing economic empowerment opportunities.

Nation’s Best Advocates recognizes exceptional individuals under the age of 40 within the African-American legal community who have made outstanding contributions professionally and philanthropically. The nominees represent a cross-section of legal professionals: solo practitioners, government lawyers, judges, academicians, corporate counsels, and elected officials. Nominees were selected based on their achievement, innovation, vision, leadership, and involvement within the legal community. Over 135 lawyers were nominated over a 30 day period and the final award recipients were selected by NBA members and the legal community.

“The 2012 Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40 are continuing the tradition of legal giants in American history,” said Angela Rye, IMPACT Director of Strategic Partnerships. “The invaluable contributions made by these attorneys establish a standard for service and excellence in our communities and our Nation.”

During the awards gala, all 40 nominees were honored and saluted by IMPACT, NBA, and some of the Nation’s top African American lawyers. In addition, IMPACT and NBA honored select nominees with awards for excellence in leadership, activism, innovation, and service. Latrice A.G. Byrdsong received the Excellence in Leadership award. Latrice serves as Corporate Counsel-Securities, Governance & Finance at DaVita, Inc. Goldie K. Gabriel was honored with the Excellence in Activism award. Goldie currently serves as Director of Legal and Business Affairs for Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. Camille Y. Townsend, an associate with Jackson Lewis, received the Excellence in Innovation award. Catherine Ongiri, an attorney with Alameda County Department of Child Support Services, was honored with the Excellence in Service award.

The Nation’s Best Advocate award was presented to Alisia M. Adamson. Alisia serves as managing partner of Hylton, Adamson, Watson, & Moore. She is a graduate of Florida State University College of Law and a former Public Defender with the Ninth Judicial Circuit of the Office of Public Defender. In addition, Alisia serves as a legal expert for Central Florida News 13 and most recently was the legal commentator for the Casey Anthony murder trial. She serves on the executive board of the Orange County Bar Association-Young Lawyers Division and coaches basketball for a 3rd grade team in Central Florida.

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