Inside the 24th Annual Paul Robeson Gala and Conference

The Columbia Black Law Students Association honors alumni and organizes a day of panel discussions.


Reggie Glosson ’19 and Ibrahim Diallo ’20
Reggie Glosson ’19 and Ibrahim Diallo ’20

The Columbia Law School Black Law Students Association (BLSA) gathered at the Penn Club of New York on February 1 to kick off the 24th annual Paul Robeson Gala and Conference.

The gala honored Jill Pilgrim ’84, Acting Executive & General Counsel of the Track & Field Athletes Association, Inc. and founder of the law firm Pilgrim & Associates. Aisha Greene ’04, the Bureau Chief of the Alternatives to Incarceration Bureau at the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office and former Director of Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, delivered the gala keynote address. 

This year's conference, “The Way Forward: Living in Power,”  on February 3 at Columbia University's Low Library, featured panels on disenfranchisement and voting, mental health, public education, and entrepreneurship. Arva Rice, the CEO of the New York Urban League, delivered the keynote. Temitope Yusuf ’08 was the recipient of the BLSA Young Alumni Award. Yusuf, a partner in a New York law firm, specializes in government enforcement and white collar criminal defense, labor and employment and complex litigation.

Organized by BLSA, one of the Law School's most dynamic student groups with more than 150 members, the gala and conference honor the life of Paul Robeson ’23, the influential lawyer, actor, singer, and civil rights advocate.

Check out more photos from the gala below.


24th Paul Robeson Gala, 2018


Posted on March 1, 2018