Wednesday, July 8, 2015


WASHINGTON (July 8, 2015) –Howard University Alumni Antonio Kizzie of Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt, Brandes Ash of the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, Shara Chang of Buckley Sandler Law Firm, Chasity Boyce of the Office of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, Jason Clark of the Office Of New York State Attorney General, Jody Owens of Southern Poverty Law Center, Ellaretha Jones of E. Jones & Associates, Betselot Zeleke of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, and Marjorie Williams of Viacom will be recognized by the National Bar Association on its Top 40 Under 40 list at the organization’s 90th annual convention.  

The awards will be presented at a luncheon on Thursday, July 23, during the convention in Los Angeles.  The awards recognize the nation’s top lawyers under 40 years of age who exemplify a broad range of achievements, including innovation, vision, leadership and legal and community involvement. 

“We’re thrilled to recognize these active and highly motivated leaders in their excellence and commitment to their chosen fields. Ultimately, their continued success benefits greatly the communities in which they reside and the entire legal field,” said Pamela Meanes, president of the National Bar Association. “We look forward to honoring these 40 awardees during the NBA’s convention this year, and to working alongside them as they continue to make a tangible difference in the lives of those they serve." 

The final selections represent a cross-section of legal professionals, including big firm, solo and industry practitioners, government lawyers, judges, academicians, corporate counsels, young elected officials and various other lawyers, all of whom are using their degrees in innovative ways to improve conditions in their communities. Recipients of the nation's Best Advocate of the Year, Excellence in Leadership, Service, Activism and Innovation awards also will be recognized.

For more information on the award recipients, the awards luncheon or sponsorship opportunities, contact the chair, Aubrey “Nick” Pittman, at  

About Howard University:

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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