UMES Women's Colloquium Brings Distinguished Panelists to the Shore

  • Tuesday, March 3, 2009

     Brockett, Dr. RamonaWashington, NicholasPRINCESS ANNE, MD - In celebration of Women's History Month, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore presents a women's colloquium detailing "The Changing State of Women of Color in the 21st Century" on Thursday, March 5, at 6 p.m. in the Richard Henson Center, Rooms 1111 and 1112.  Distinguished panelists include Leah Brown, Esq., J.D., C.H.C.; Lynda Cevallos, Esq., J.D.; The Honorable Victoria Jackson-Stanley; and Kathleen Miles, Esq., J.D.

    Women in the workplace, women's health, gender roles in today's society, women and education and women of color and crime are slated topics of discussion for the event.  Moderating are Dr. Ramona Brockett and Nicholas Washington, both of UMES.

    Brockett, a tenured associate professor in the UMES Department of Criminal Justice, serves as the Pre-Law adviser and adviser to Phi Alpha Delta, International Legal Fraternity.  One of four African-American women in America who holds both a Juris Doctor and a Ph.D. specifically in the area of criminal justice, she has served nationally and internationally as an editor and on several editorial boards. In addition, she has served nationally and internationally in professional criminal justice organizations.  She is the 2006 recipient of the National Evelyn Gilbert Unsung Hero Award.

    Washington is a third year international student at UMES.  He currently sports a 4.0 grade point average and was recently appointed to the dual role of president of the UMES pre-law chapter of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International and editor-in-chief of the Eta Pi Review.  A junior accounting major, he is scheduled to graduate May 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and 150 credits in preparation for sitting for the Certified Public Accountants exam.

    Bringing to the panel a variety of expertise pertaining to current issues affecting women of color, are four women of color.  Brown is owner and president of ATEN Solutions, Inc. (A10), an innovation driven clinical services firm responsible for helping pharmaceutical companies bring new, life-saving drugs to market faster and safer through the management of quality clinical trials.  She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky and was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1992.  More recently, she successfully completed two Executive Management Programs at Tuck Business School at Dartmouth College and Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University in Chicago. An awareness writer and speaker for workforce issues impacting clinical research, she is often featured in national magazines such as Black Enterprise, MBE, Hispanic Outlook, Ebony Magazine and segments on CNBC.

    Cevallos is an attorney who has served for several years as pre-law coordinator and undergraduate adviser for the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) of the American Bar Association.  She oversees the Thurgood Marshall College Scholars Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and the Thurgood Marshall Legal Education Opportunity Program.  Before joining CLEO, she practiced for four years employment and labor law with a Washington, D.C., law firm and previously clerked for the National Labor Relations Board and the U.S. Department of Labor. She is a cum laude graduate of Rutgers University and also received an associate degree in German from Schiller University in Heidelberg, Germany.  She earned her Juris Doctorate from the Washington College of Law at American University and is New York and New Jersey barred.

    Jackson-Stanley is the first African-American and the first woman to be elected as the mayor of Cambridge. Born and raised in Cambridge, she has served on the city s human relations committee and the redistricting committee. Currently, she is deputy director of the Dorchester County Department of Social Services and also serves as the assistant director for the family investment program. A graduate of Howard University s Graduate School, she earned her Master of Social Work degree in 1981 and has spent her career working for various departments of social services on the Eastern Shore.

    Miles presently serves as Of Counsel for Kutak Rock, LLP, located in Washington, D.C.  Her former positions include: associate general counsel, Fannie Mae, Washington, D.C.; senior commercial counsel, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, 1995-1998; and managing shareholder, D.C. Office, Public Finance Group LEWIS, WHITE & CLAY, A Professional Corporation, Washington, D.C., 1993-1995.  She is a graduate of University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1982; Harvard University Radcliffe College, B.A., government, 1979; and Madison High School, Madison, New Jersey, 1975.  Her bar admissions include: Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, May 1983; Southern District of New York, September 1983; Eastern District of New York, October 1983; and District of Columbia Court of Appeals, August 1985.  Her professional memberships are just as varied, including most recently membership with the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association and the African American Real Estate Professionals.

    For more information about the UMES Women's Colloquium, call Brockett at 410-651-8914. 

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    Suzanne Waters Street, director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-621-2355, sstreet@umes.edu.  

     

    Pictured above are Dr. Ramona Brockett, left, and Nicholas Washington.