Phoenix (June 3, 2013) – Jennings, Strouss & Salmon is pleased to announce that Kami M. Hoskins, an attorney in the firm’s Phoenix office, will be honored by the Black Women Lawyer’s Association of Arizona (BWLAA) during its annual awards dinner. Hoskins will be receiving the “Charlotte E. Ray Award of Excellence.”
The BWLAA’s mission is to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of African American female attorneys in Arizona, as well as to promote a “Legacy of Excellence” among this segment of the legal community. The “Charlotte E. Ray Award of Excellence” is presented annually to an outstanding attorney who practices in the state of Arizona.
“Ms. Hoskins is an excellent example of how one can combine the desire to promote the practice of law, while also honoring the development and support of diversity in the profession,” stated Le Bertha Umbreit, Founder and President of BWLAA. “She truly exemplifies the organization’s mission of appreciating and celebrating a Legacy of Excellence. In presenting this award to Ms. Hoskins, BWLAA is proud to honor the memory, spirit and dedication of attorney Charlotte E. Ray.”
Charlotte E. Ray was the first African American woman and the third woman to earn a U.S. law degree when she graduated from Howard Law School in 1872. Ray became the first African American woman lawyer in the U.S. when she was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar.
“I am honored to be recognized by the Black Women Lawyer’s Association of Arizona for my work in Arizona’s legal community,” stated Hoskins. “Diversity and inclusion are enduring ideals that strengthen our legal system. I celebrate BWLAA’s ongoing commitment to empower Arizona attorneys.”
Hoskins was past Chair and is a current member of the State Bar of Arizona’s Mentor Committee. She is also an active member of both the State Bar of Arizona’s Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law and its Diversity Task Force.
Hoskins is an Arizona native; and she earned a J.D. from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, an M.A. from Arizona State University, and dual B.A. degrees from the University of Arizona.
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