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Historic Homer S. Brown Law Association Becomes a Division of the Allegheny County Bar Association

Pittsburgh PennsylvaniaApril 29, 2011.  Officers of both the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Homer S. Brown Law Association today jointly announced that the Homer S. Brown Law Association will join the bar association as a Division of the association. The Boards of both organizations approved the creation of the Homer S. Brown Division of the Allegheny County Bar Association effective immediately.

According to Gary Hunt, President of the Allegheny County Bar Association, “We are delighted and proud to have the Homer S. Brown Law Association join our bar association as one of only three Divisions of our organization, joining the Women in the Law Division and the Young Lawyers Division. While many of the members of the Homer S. Brown Division have been active members of our bar, we have always admired the work of this fine organization and its members’ commitment to the African American community and minority attorneys. The recognition and respect associated with the Homer S. Brown Division will lend credibility and energy to our ongoing diversity initiative and our efforts to attract and retain minority lawyers in our community – particularly African-American lawyers.”

Homer S. Brown Division Chair Regina Wilson said that her members felt it was the right time to join forces with the Allegheny County Bar Association. “"The Homer S. Brown Law Association independently served as the voice of African American legal professionals for over 42 years,” said Wilson. “Over the past 10 years, HSBLA strengthened its relationship with the Allegheny Bar Association to address the issues facing African American community. Now, as a division of the bar association, Homer S. Brown will continue its mission of representing the African-American members of the legal community, provide legal education to the local African-American Community, to protect the political and civil rights of people of African descent and assist local law students of African descent. This formal association with the bar association will greatly assist the Division in fulfilling its mission in tribute to the legacy of the Honorable Homer S. Brown.”

The Board of Governors of the Allegheny County Bar Association amended the ACBA by-laws to provide a voting seat on the ACBA Board of Governors for the Chair of the Homer S. Brown Division.

The Homer S. Brown Law Association (now the Homer S. Brown Division of the Allegheny County Bar Association) was formed in 1969 as The Black Lawyers of Western Pennsylvania. The group later changed its name to honor Homer S. Brown, who was the first African American judge in Pittsburgh and served on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas from 1956 to 1975. Currently, there are 200 members although it is hoped that with the formation of the Homer S. Brown Division of the Allegheny County Bar Association, the membership will grow.

Chartered in 1870 and headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, The Allegheny County Bar Association is a professional organization with more than 6,600 member attorneys, judges, magisterial district judges, legal administrators and paralegals.

Contacts:

Gary Hunt
President
Allegheny County Bar Association
412-594-5518

Regina Wilson
Chair
Homer S. Brown Division
412-355-6526

Tom Loftus
Allegheny County Bar Association
412-402-6620


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