Ronald H. Brown Prep Program for College Students to Receive ABA Alexander Award for Contributions to Diversifying Legal Profession

CHICAGO, Jan. 27, 2010 — Ronald H. Brown Prep Program for College Students, a St. John’s University affiliate, will receive the 2011 Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Award for Excellence in Pipeline Diversity. The award is sponsored by the _ Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline.

The Alexander Award will be presented Friday, Feb. 11 at a reception at the Marriot Marquis, Atlanta, during the 2011 ABA Midyear Meeting.

The Ronald H. Brown Prep Program for College Students is a summer program that prepares disadvantaged students, often minority first-generation college graduates, for the LSAT examination. Through rigorous coursework and lectures taught by experienced law school faculty, the majority of program participants are able to boost their LSAT scores.

Past participants in the Brown Prep Program have been admitted to a number of competitive law schools, including Duke University, George Washington University Law School, Michigan Law School and St. John’s School of Law.

The Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Award recognizes efforts to increase diversity in the legal profession, by focusing on educational programming in the pipeline to support the success of underrepresented students. The award is named after Raymond Pace Alexander, a lawyer and judge in Pennsylvania, and a leading civil rights advocate; and his wife Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, one of the first African American women to receive a doctorate in the United States, who went on to earn a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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