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African American Lawyers:
Role Models and Trailblazers
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Role Models and Trailblazers
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    5 Super Tips from a Minority Woman on How to Succeed in 2017

    LOS ANGELES, California – (January 5, 2017) – According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, African Americans make up less than five percent of the lawyers in the country. That slim statistic didn’t keep one African American woman, Jamie Wright, from blazing a trail right toward the front of the line and becoming successful. She found what works to help her reach the top- she put it into action, and hasn’t looked back since. Her success, especially in a field dominated by men, has inspired others to not let the statistics and naysayers hold them back.

    “You cannot rest on your laurels and wait for the statistics to get better before you blaze your own trail into your career of choice,” explains Jamie Wright, a renowned millennial lawyer and political pundit. “You have to be the one to help change those statistics. You have more strength than you may realize. You can do a lot more than what you, or even the messages you may be receiving from society, may have led you to believe.”

    Here are 5 super tips from Jamie Wright on how to succeed in 2017:

  • Network. Many people think it’s a weakness to get help from people. That’s just not true. It takes a strong person to seek out the right kind of support. Get to know successful people in your chosen field, so you can get support and advice from them. If you are lucky enough to find a mentor, take good notes. Take the support and advice now, knowing that someday you will be in the position to provide it to someone else. While you surround yourself with good connections, never cease to be independent. Independence and being strong enough to move forward even if you are taking the next step alone is crucial in being successful.

  • Think positive. Often times, we get in our own way, because our minds are consumed with all of the negative thinking. Focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want, and immediately replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Use the laws of attraction to bring to you what it is that you want in your life.

  • Banish excuses. Too often, people are caught up in their own excuses for why they can’t do things. This year, get honest with yourself as to whether something really is a hurdle, or it’s just an excuse. Banish the excuses and keep moving forward. Make individuality a priority, so you leave the excuses behind, define who you are, and stand out.

  • The Golden Rule. In all areas of life, including in your career pursuits, you should be treating people the way you want to be treated. The way you treat people will always come back to you. Put good things out, so that good comes right back to you. It feels good to treat people with kindness and will open many doors. Having integrity in all you do is important and will help you get ahead.

  • Forget expectations. It doesn’t matter if something has always been done a particular way, that’s not a legitimate reason as to why you can’t change it. In other words: Blaze your own trail, don’t feel you need to stick to the ones that others before you have set forth. Use your instincts to help navigate your way.

  • “It’s easy to get caught up in the negative and just add to the stories and thoughts that hold people back,” added Wright. “Make this the year where you set concrete goals, take steps every day to work toward achieving them, and drown out the noise that can hold you back. If you want it, you can succeed, but you have to stay the course and persevere. It will be that much sweeter once you do!”

    Wright has used her own advice on how to reach success by making her way to being a partner in the Los Angeles-based Millennial Government Affairs group. She is also considered a millennial expert, specializing in such areas as crisis communication, conflict resolution, and government affairs. Not only does she also help political hopefuls by helping them to keep their strategies and campaigns legally compliant, but she’s also won a most influential under 40 award. In addition to a law degree, Wright holds a master’s degree in history and enjoys weighing in on millennial issues. She frequently speaks on millennial-related topics as an expert in the field.

    For more information about Jamie Wright, visit her website at:

    About Jamie Wright
    Jamie Wright is a millennial attorney who specializes in millennial issues, government affairs, crisis communication, and conflict resolution, among other areas. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, she practices law in Los Angeles. She is also a partner in the Millennial Government Affairs group, and is a political pundit and crisis communications expert. For more information, visit her website at:


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    Gideon’s Army, a Documentary on Public Defenders, Awarded 2014 Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize

    Today, on the anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, The Ridenhour Prizes announced that GIDEON’S ARMY, directed and produced by Dawn Porter, will receive the 2014 Documentary Film Prize.

    Gideon v. Wainwright is the landmark Supreme Court decision that unanimously ruled that states are required to provide counsel in criminal cases to represent defendants unable to afford to pay their own attorneys. GIDEON’S ARMY follows three young public defenders in the Deep South — Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander, and June Hardwick — as they struggle with staggering caseloads, long hours and low pay, trying to balance their commitment to public service with a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point.

    In reflecting upon its decision, the awards committee said, "We are thrilled to have selected Gideon's Army which celebrates the legion of idealistic young public defenders who are fighting for equal justice for the disenfranchised within our broken and biased legal system, while struggling to stay one step ahead of poverty themselves."

    GIDEON'S ARMY highlights the work of public defenders while also exposing the subtle and not so subtle ways in which the justice system is complicit in the mismanagement of indigent defense. Rather than taking their chances with a court appointed lawyer — who may have hundreds of other cases — increasing numbers of defendants agree to plea deals or sentences outside of a trial. As a result, between 90 to 95 percent of defendants plead guilty and never receive the right to counsel as guaranteed by the sixth amendment to the Constitution. This disconnect between the promise of Gideon v. Wainwright and the reality of the law’s implementation has clearly contributed to prison over-crowding, violence, and a reduced chance of rehabilitation.

    A study of the 100 most populous counties in the United States found that 82 percent of indigent clients were handled by public defenders. In the most recent year that numbers are available, a mere 964 public defender offices nationwide had to handle nearly 6 million indigent defense cases.

    “I am honored and so very grateful to receive the Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize,” said director Dawn Porter. “The award will help amplify the critical issues Gideon’s Army exposes, and further share the harrowing stories of America’s overworked public defenders with audiences across the world. Ron Ridenhour was a man committed to truth-telling and correcting injustice. My hope is to advance these same ideals, by using Gideon’s Army to educate audiences, spark civic debate, and ultimately advance constructive solutions to the problems facing America’s criminal justice system. On behalf of the 15,000 public defenders and their clients, and with special thanks to the wonderful lawyers of Gideon's Promise who are the inspiration and heart of the film, I thank the Ridenhour Award Committee.”

    GIDEON’S ARMY will be awarded the 2014 Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize on Wednesday, April 30th, from 12pm to 2pm at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. This event is open to press.

    Dawn Porter, director of GIDEON’S ARMY, will have limited availability for interviews. To speak to her or a spokesperson from The Nation Institute, or to RSVP to attend the 11th Annual Ridenhour Prizes Ceremony and Luncheon in D.C., please contact Christina DiPasquale at 202.716.1953 or


    About The Ridenhour Prizes
    The Ridenhour Prizes recognize and encourage those who persevere in acts of truth-­telling that protect the public interest, promote social justice, or illuminate a more just vision of society. The Prizes are named after investigative journalist Ron Ridenhour, to commemorate his lifetime of fearless truth-telling and to inspire others to do the same.

    In 1969, Vietnam veteran Ron Ridenhour wrote a letter to Congress and the Pentagon describing the horrific events at My Lai — the infamous massacre of the Vietnam War. Although the upper echelons of the military establishment resisted his revelations, his dogged persistence eventually brought the scandal to the attention of the American public and the world at large.

    Ridenhour later became a respected investigative journalist, winning the George Polk Award for Investigative Journalism in 1987 for a yearlong investigation of a New Orleans tax scandal. He died suddenly in 1998 at the age of 52. At the time of his death, he was working on an article for the London Review of Books, had co-produced a story on state militias for NBC’s Dateline, and had just delivered a series of lectures commemorating the 30th anniversary of My Lai.

    The Ridenhour Prizes were established by The Nation Institute and the Fertel Foundation in partnership with The Fund for Constitutional Government, Government Accountability Project, and the Project on Government Oversight. For more information, visit

    About The Nation Institute
    A nonprofit media center, The Nation Institute is dedicated to strengthening the independent press and advancing social justice and civil rights. Our dynamic range of programs includes a bestselling book publishing imprint, Nation Books; our award-winning Investigative Fund, which supports groundbreaking investigative journalism; the widely read and syndicated website TomDispatch; the Victor S Navasky Internship Program at The Nation magazine; and Journalism Fellowships that fund over 25 high-profile reporters every year. Work produced by The Nation Institute has sparked Congressional hearings, new legislation, FBI investigations and the resignation of government officials, and has a regular impact on the most urgent social and political issues of our day. For more information, visit

    About the Fertel Foundation
    Energized by a passion for weaving ideas and people together, the Fertel Foundation, based in New York and New Orleans, has a special interest in initiatives from which new communities and new insights may emerge and those that challenge entrenched communities of power. The New Orleans-based foundation, established in 1999, also helps rebuild a better New Orleans — and create national models — in a post-Katrina world. For more information, visit


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    Attorneys Rasheed McWilliams and Almuhtada Smith Discuss Protecting Your IP & Share Success Tips

    Rasheed McWilliams is a partner and Almuhtada Smith is an associate at Adli Law Group P.C. ( Growing up in the Passaic, N.J. projects, both have become successful attorneys that have
    Rasheed McWilliams
    Rasheed McWilliams

    worked at some of the nation’s largest intellectual property boutiques and firms, focusing their practice on intellectual property and entertainment litigation and transactions.

    Rasheed and Almuhtada can discuss how businesses and individuals can protect their intellectual property, how one can avoid copyright infringements and their journeys to becoming successful minority lawyers.

    Rasheed and Almuhtada can discuss: why it is important to protect your intellectual property as a business and/or individual; from growing up in the projects to becoming successful lawyers; their journey; essential steps you must take to protect your copyrights; 3 ways to position yourself for success as a minority lawyer and get noticed at your firm; how graduating from an HBCU prepared them for their careers; and more.

    A bit more about Almuhtada:
    Almuhtada earned his B.A. in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from Morehouse College in 2005, where he was an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha
    Almuhtada Smith
    Almuhtada Smith

    Fraternity, Inc. He received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 2008 where he served as Chief Managing Editor of the UCLA Entertainment Law Review.

    A bit more about Rasheed:
    Rasheed obtained his B.S. in Chemistry, magna cum laude from Morehouse College in 1999, where he also served as Chief Justice of the Honors & Conduct Review Board. He was a NASA Scholar and NIMH-COR Research Scholar. Rasheed received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2003 where he was an active member of the Black Allied Law Students Association.

    Currently, Rasheed along with Adli Law Group President Dr. Dariush G. Adli, is representing the plaintiff in the Angelina Jolie copyright infringement case.


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