Veta T. Richardson Receives Ally for Justice Award
Veta T. Richardson, executive director of MCCA®, was honored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Attorneys of Washington with its Ally For Justice Award at the 14th Annual 2006 Celebration and GAYLAW Awards, held at the Women’s National Democratic Club last December.
Richardson was selected for her outstanding efforts to champion the goal of increasing diversity within the legal profession and for her broad definition of inclusiveness, which includes the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) community.
“We are honored to recognize Ms. Richardson with this award,” says Sharra E. Greer, co-president of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Attorneys of Washington. “She has been a true ally of the GLBT community and we have admired her commitment to further diversity and the inclusion of all individuals within the legal profession.”
Founded in 1990, GAYLAW is an independent, non-partisan bar association serving gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender lawyers, law students, and legal professionals in the national capital area. It works to advance the interests of GLBT individuals in the legal community. An affiliate to the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association, GAYLAW works in coalition with other local and national groups dedicated to GLBT concerns.
IN MEMORIAM—JOHN W. JONES, GENERAL COUNSEL, RADIO ONE
It is with sadness that MCCA® notes the death of John W. Jones, vice president and general counsel of Radio One of Lanham, Md. Mr. Jones passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2006 as the result of a fatal heart attack. He was 38 years old. His sudden death was received with shock by the staff of Radio One and members of the MCCA network, who admired Mr. Jones for his keen intellect and many contributions to the legal community.
Mr. Jones was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and received his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. He worked at the Securities Exchange Commission and the law firm Cooley Goodward prior to joining Radio One in 2001. Mr. Jones was named general counsel in November 2004 following a one-year stint at TV One.
In memory of Mr. Jones, Radio One and the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) announced the establishment of the John W. Jones Legal Education Fund through which deserving individuals will be designated as MMTC’s “John W. Jones Fellows” and awarded financial stipends. The John W. Jones Fellows will work to focus on the advancement of minority entrepreneurship in the nation’s media and telecommunications industries.
Contributions may be made to the “John W. Jones Legal Education Fund” and sent to: Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, 3636 16th Street, NW, Suite B-366, Washington, DC 20010.
From the January/February 2007 issue of Diversity & The Bar®