31Dec 2016

Report on the NLA’s Merit Awards Gala

Posted by : Eunice Adeleke

Each year, the NLA hosts the Merit Awards Gala to celebrate the achievements of distinguished individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the legal profession and towards the advancement of public and community service, and to give out scholarships to law students of color from across the country, based on need and merit.

This year’s Merit Awards Gala was held on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 7:00 PM, at the 630 Second Ballroom, located at 630 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10016. On this night, the ballroom was filled with dignitaries, politicians and professionals who joined us in celebrating the NLA’s achievements and honoring our awardees. The night featured live entertainment from Trybe Dancers, authentic Nigerian cuisine, and an awards presentation in honor of our highly esteemed professionals.

Special thanks to our Keynote Speaker,  Former President Goodluck Jonathan who applauded the NLA for its initiatives  in positively representing Nigerian lawyers in the diaspora and for a successful evening.

We congratulate this year’s honorees who were:

Rising Star Award
Conway Ekpo, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Deborah Kemi Martin, Dechert
Exemplary Service Award
Attorney John Edozie, Madu, Edozie & Madu, P.C.
Trailblazer Star Award
Obiamaka P. Madubuko, GreenbergTraurig
Law and Justice Award
The Honorable George B. Daniels, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Distinguished Public Servant Award
Olanike Alabi, District Leader 57th A.D.
2016 Merit Award
Inspector Olufunmilola Obe, NYPD
In addition to handing out merit awards to well-deserving recipients, the Nigerian Lawyers Association awarded scholarships to four law students of color who have demonstrated academic merit and commitment to the legal profession.
We thank our sponsors BakerHostetler, Greenberg Traurig, Perkins Coie, Supreme Dental Associates, Dechert LLP, Most Excellent Home Care Agency, Inc., and Ethiopian Airlines, for investing in the future of our legal profession by contributing to the NLA Academic Scholarship program.
The night was an all-round success and guests left in high spirits. For pictures and videos of the night, follow our social media pages: Facebook and Instagram.

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