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July 19, 2009
NBA Names John Crump Executive Director Emeritus
WASHINGTON, DC (August 19, 2009) - During its 84th Annual Convention & Exhibits,
the National Bar Association (NBA) honored its former Executive Director John Crump
with the title of Executive Director Emeritus. The title was formally given during
the NBA's first plenary session, where its Board of Governors presented Resolution
No. 2009-17, which formally bestowed him with the title of Executive Director Emeritus.
Throughout, the NBA's 84th Annual Convention, members, past presidents, current officers
and staff could not help but acknowledge the legacy and presence of a man that has
dedicated his life to upholding the fundamental purpose of the NBA as implemented
by its twelve founders. In her inaugural address, Mavis T. Thompson acknowledged
the profound leadership of Crump, who has been a vital resource for the NBA, she
stated, "Mr. Crump has served as the Executive Director for 31 years. He has recently
retired and I am thankful to have the opportunity to publicly say thank you John
for your leadership, commitment and service." Thompson's acknowledgement reflects
the immeasurable respect that the NBA continues to have for Crump.
As the NBA's Executive Director for over 30 years, Crump has helped preserve the
NBA as an institution committed to maintaining the tenets of justice and equal opportunity
for lawyers and judges of color. His leadership has helped the NBA to develop its
continuing legal education curriculum (CLE), obtain grants that have helped provide
services to NBA members and has led to the NBA Crump Law Camp, which extends opportunities
to high school students to learn and actively engage in learning about the fundamentals
of the American judicial system.
Crump, who was the 2009 recipient of the Washington Bar Association's President's
Recognition Award, was featured in the January/February issue of Diversity & the
Bar Magazine, which chronicled his life and experiences as the NBA's Executive Director.
The article offered insight into a man that has allowed an organization to progress
and its members to recognize the influential role the NBA has played for the legal
profession. The article stated, "as long as the association continues to serve the
African American community with a passionate and innovative spirit, Crump's contributions
to its development and character will continue to make a difference." The statement
solidifies the unforgettable legacy and definitive leadership of Crump and the future
of the NBA , which will continue to thrive as it continues its mission of service
and equal opportunity for all.
Founded in 1925, the National Bar Association is the nation's oldest and largest
national network of minority attorneys and judges. It represents approximately 44,000
lawyers, judges, law professors and law students and has over 80 affiliate chapters
throughout the United States and around the world. The organization seeks to advance
the science of jurisprudence, preserve the independence of the judiciary and to uphold
the honor and integrity of the legal profession. For additional information about
the National Bar Association, visit www.nationalbar.org.
For Immediate Release CONTACT:
Erika C. Owens, Communications Coordinator National Bar Association, (202) 842-3900x20, firstname.lastname@example.org