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Black Law Students Association Hosts Access to Justice Event

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On February 28, CUA Law’s Black Law Students Association hosted a Civil-Rights roundtable discussion to commemorate Black History Month. The conversation focused on “Access to Justice,” more specifically in relation to Sexual Misconduct/Harassment; Race and National Origin; and Banking and Lending Discrimination.
 
Willie Burden Jr. (3L) opened the discussion and welcomed Willistine Harris (3E) to the podium. Harris briefly introduced each of the panelists and welcomed Tonya Gaskins, Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development, to the podium. Gaskins moderated the panel, which consisted of a group of three distinguished lawyers from the Department of Justice. Panelists included:
 
  • Ernestine Ward, a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. As a member of the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section, she handles government litigation related to the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.
     
  • Abigail Nurse, a trial attorney in the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division since 2015. Abigail investigates and litigates violations of federal civil rights laws related to discrimination in housing, lending, and land use. Her “extraordinary effort” has earned Abigail the Assistant Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for her work in previous cases.
     
  • Tamica H. Daniel, a Trial Attorney in the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Housing & Enforcement Civil Enforcement Section. In 2010, Tamica joined the Educational Opportunities Section in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division through the Attorney General’s Honors Program, before she became a Trial Attorney in the Housing in 2013, primarily litigating matters involving fair housing, fair lending and discrimination in places of public accommodation.

After the discussion, the panelist joined attendees in the atrium for a reception.