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Adventist Lawyers Meet, Mentor Students

By Cheryl Cathlin

Emily Crocker, who was recognized for being an outstanding WAU pre-law student is pictured with Steven Brennwald, the university’s mock trial team coach and Dean Bouland, who received CLPP Public Service award.

The Center for Law and Public Policy (CLPP) at Washington Adventist University (WAU) in Takoma Park, Md., recently hosted an evening of dining and networking at the second Annual WAU Attorney/Student Dinner. Themed “Connections” the gathering of 82 included members of the Adventist Lawyers Association of Greater Washington (ALA), law students, pre-law students and faculty. ALA members mentor young Adventists interested in pursuing careers in law, government and public policy. At the dinner they helped WAU launch the ALA/WAU Mentor Program.
David E. Ralph, deputy city solicitor for the City of Baltimore and a member of Allegheny East Conference’s Emmanuel Brinklow church in Ashton, Md., delivered the keynote address. He emphasized the importance of developing professional connections early in one’s career. Ralph also reminded attendees that the most significant connection of all is one’s connection to Jesus.
“This event is very important to get students to see the possibilities for their own careers. Students were very excited to connect with their mentors at the dinner,” explained Joan Francis, professor and CLPP director.

Alumnus H. Dean Bouland received this year’s WAU/ALA Public Service award, which recognizes an Adventist lawyer who has made significant contributions to the community, church and WAU. Bouland, a member of the Spencerville church in Silver Spring, Md., is a partner at Bouland & Brush, LLC and a member of the WAU Board of Trustees.


Meki Bracken, ALA co-director director; Debbie Brown, WAU pre-law advisor and an associate professor of English; David Ralph, keynote speaker; Joan Francis, CLPP director/WAU Department of History chair and Cheryl Cathlin, ALA co-director.

Attendees included Bruce Cameron, Regent Law professor; Yvette Badu-Nimako, Georgetown University law student; Audra Savage, Transurban associate counsel and Clarance Ferrell, WAU student.

William Ellis, PhD, WAU Political Studies professor; Andrew Wilson, WAU Political Studies student; Robert Oswald, an attorney at Beach-Oswald Immigration Law Associates; and Jude Edwards, WAU professor of Business.

Keynote speaker David Ralph is the deputy city solicitor for the City of Baltimore. 

Weymouth Spence, WAU president, presents Dean Bouland with the CLPP Public Service award.