Gloria Richardson Bar Association

About the Gloria Richardson Bar Association

History
Gloria Richardson History (pdf)
Civil Rights Pioneer Gloria Richardson (external link)
The Defiant One: Why You Should Know Civil Rights Icon Gloria Richardson  (external link)

Mission Statement
Foundation Statement
Disclaimer
A special thanks


Founded October 1, 2013, the Gloria Richardson Bar Association, Inc.,  is the only African American, women and other protected minorities bar association in the state serving Maryland’s Eastern Shore.


HISTORY

   In early July 2012, Magistrate JoAnn Asparagus, of the Circuit Court of Caroline County,  Melvin J. Jews, Esq. and Rene' C. Swafford, Esq. discussed whether there was a need on Maryland’s Eastern Shore for a  African American Bar Association.  Those discussions lead to  outreach to African Americans, women and other protected minority lawyers on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. 

   On October 1, 2013, the first meeting of the Gloria Richardson Bar Association was hosted by, Robert, Rene' and Eshe Swafford at their home in Caroline County, Maryland.  The attorneys that attended either work or live on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  The attendees at our first meeting represented, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester Counties.  Those who were in attendance included:   Magistrate JoAnn Asparagus, Rene' C. Swafford, Esq.,  Melvin Jews, Esq.,  Jodi C. Jews, Esq.,  Purcell S. Luke, Esq., Tamika Fultz, Esq.,  Marie Billie, Esq., Midgett S. Parker, Esq.,  Deborah F. Camper, Esq., Kisha Petticolas, Esq., and  Sherwood R. Wescott, Esq..

   On November 10, 2013, Ms. Gloria Richardson granted her consent to use her name and likeness for the name of and logo for the Gloria Richardson Bar Association, Inc.  On November 12, 2013, our second meeting was held at the Law Office of Rene' C. Swafford, LLC and we filed our Articles of Incorporation with the State Department of Assessment and Taxation.  We welcomed on two (2) additional members:  Angela Townsend Williams, Esq.,  and  Denise Whittington Harden, Esq., and visitor, Latoya Bell, Esq..

Rene' C. Swafford, Esq. and Ms. Gloria Richardson - November 2013

Rene' C. Swafford, Esq. and Ms. Gloria Richardson - November 2013

Photo courtesy of Saretta E. Holliday

 

 

 

 

MISSION STATEMENT

   The Gloria Richardson Bar Association, Inc. is committed to legal excellence, community service, and the advancement of African Americans, women, and other protected minorities in the legal profession.  Serving Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester Counties.

 

 

FOUNDATION STATEMENT
Gloria Richardson Bar Association, Inc.

   We have chosen to honor Gloria Richardson in the naming of our Bar Association because of her dedication and service to Maryland’s Eastern Shore and its legal struggles but more importantly for her service to our entire legal community and to our nation as a whole. She is the embodiment of justice and equality.

   Still forthright and outspoken at the age of ninety one Ms. Richardson epitomizes the spirit of  “The Cambridge Movement” the civil rights group that was founded in the turbulent sixties through which she was hailed fifty years ago as one of the six ‘negro women fighters for freedom’ at the March on Washington for Jobs and  Freedom in August 1963. It was there that a travesty of social justice occurred and one that went, for the most part, unnoticed in the event’s history!  Gloria Richardson was an honest, outspoken woman, known for her acerbic comments and brilliant mind.  As a result, in an attempt to marginalize that voice of early feminism, the microphone was immediately taken from her after she said, ‘hello.’  As her life has shown she was neither stopped nor silenced by those actions.  In fact, Ms. Richardson has gone on to light the way for women of color everywhere.  

   The Bar Association derives from an early 16th Century English custom where a railing divided the hall into the Inns of Court with students occupying the body of the hall and the benchers or readers on the other side. The symbolic ritual came into being and it was known as being “called to the bar” when the students officially become lawyers and crossed from one side of the railing to the other.  The bar came to encompass spiritually the whole body of lawyers and the legal profession.  How symbolic for us that we choose Gloria Richardson to represent the crossing of the line in forming a Bar Association  for the Eastern Shore honoring the barriers she has torn down in  her life and reminding us that the “struggle is eternal”.

   Our Bar Association is committed to legal excellence, community service, and the advancement of African Americans, women, and other protected minorities in the legal profession.  Through working together, not simply for ourselves but for those without a voice, we will help resolve disputes and ensure representation is fair and effective, and that review from the bench is impartial, recognizing that the judicial system of a civilized society must be administered even-handedly. As this is our mission the work of Gloria Richardson will not go unfinished.

Rene' C. Swafford, Esq.
President/CEO

 

 

DISCLAIMER

Disclaimer of Liability

   The Gloria Richardson Bar Association's website is intended to provide general information about the law as a service to our members and users.  Moreover, due to the rapidly changing nature of the law and our reliance on information provided by outside sources, we make no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content at this site or at other sites to which we link.

 

 

 

A special thank you to:

American Bar Association
Anne Arundel County Bar Association
Maryland State Bar Association
MaxStone Media &
The Enehy Group

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