Fatima Dames, a tribal councilwoman on the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council and a civil rights activist, and John Rose Jr., an attorney who was the state's first African American partner of a law firm, received the Thurgood Marshall Award from the Quinnipiac University School of Law's Black Law Students Association (BLSA) on March 27. New Haven Mayor Toni Harp received the group's Public Service Award at the event.
The Thurgood Marshall Award is given in honor of the first African-American to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Each year, BLSA recognizes an outstanding person in the legal, educational or political community who has in some way exemplified Marshall's dedication to improving society.
Quinnipiac University is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located in Hamden, Conn., which is located near New York, New Haven, and Boston. The School of Law Center opened on Quinnipiac’s Mount Carmel Campus and in 1995 and will move to the university’s North Haven Campus in the summer of 2014. Quinnipiac now enrolls about 300 students pursuing either a juris doctor degree, a joint JD/MBA degree or LL.M in health law. The university offers concentrations in civil advocacy and dispute resolution, criminal law and advocacy, family law, health law, intellectual property and tax. The School of Law also boasts many externships and in-house clinical programs. Quinnipiac is fully approved by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. For more information, please visit www.quinnipiac.edu.