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'Foot Soldiers' honored


More than books filled the law library at the offices of Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander. Cool jazz notes from the Frederick Douglass High School Quartet, mouth-watering aromas of hors d'oeuvres, and reminiscences of famous civil rights legal battles also occupied the space -- as did some 110 guests at a reception for the 16th annual NAACP Continuing Legal Education Program.

The party's purpose was to hand out "Foot Soldiers in the Sand" Awards to Maryland lawyers Samuel Hamilton, Mark A. Darden III, Adrianne C. Jemmott and Stuart Jay Robinson for going beyond the call of duty in helping NAACP members and local citizens.

Among those applauding the honorees: Julian Bond, NAACP board chair; Dennis Hayes, NAACP general counsel; Ava Lias-Booker, event chair; Ned Himmelrich, Herb Goldman, Peggy Byrd, Pat Reardon and Debbie Ballwanz, event committee members; Barry Rosen, Gordon, Feinblatt chairman and CEO; Judge Nathaniel Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, Cincinnati; Grover Hankins, law professor at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University, Houston; Audrey Smith, social worker with Maryland Department of Social Services; Simone Byrd, supportive living counselor with emerge inc.; Gerald Stansbury, NAACP Anne Arundel County president; Claudette Brown and Gregory Sampson, masters in chancery, Baltimore City Circuit Court, Division for Juvenile Causes; and Wayne Brooks and William England, administrative law judges with Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings.

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