On September 20, 2013, the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (BWL) honored CIP Director Justin Brooks with their Foot Soldier Award. A group of African-American attorneys and judges formed the group in 1975 to address the marked absence of an organization which addressed the needs and concerns of African-American women in the legal profession. BWL has been giving out hundreds of thousands in scholarships for 2nd and 3rd year law students for years. Also in attendance (pictured above) was former CIP student Angela Porter. Porter was a student in the 2012-13 class and worked to advance over a dozen cases in the investigative review process.
BWL also presented an award to the current Los Angeles County Public Defender, Ronald L. Brown. Brown is the first African-American Los Angeles Public Defender in its 100 year history.
“It is an incredible honor to be recognized by the Black Women Lawyers Association,” said Justin Brooks. “I am humbled to be in the same group as the other honorees.”