Lawyer of the Year, Attorney Rickey Ivie
On Saturday February 4, 2012, at John M. Langston Bar Association’s Annual Installation and Awards Gala, in Beverly Hills, Veteran Attorney Rickey Ivie received the Loren Miller Lawyer of The Year Award. The Gala was sold out and the guest list read like a Who’s Who of the legal community, including numerous judges and elected officials.
The Lawyer of The Award is named after Loren Miller (1903-1967), a California Superior Court Judge, who, as a lawyer, had a reputation as a tenacious fighter for Civil Rights. Miller argued some of the most historic civil rights cases ever heard before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The John M. Langston Bar Association is one of the oldest and most distinguished bar associations in California. The Bar Association is named after John Mercer Langston (1829-1897), an American abolitionist and U.S. Congressman from Virginia. Langston, a lawyer, was one of the first African Americans in the United States to be elected to public office, when in 1855, he was elected as a town clerk in Ohio. Langston was later elected to Congress.
Newly installed Langston President Damon M. Brown announced that Langston’s theme for this year is “Delivering on the Promises of Justice.” Brown commented, “This evening in fostering this theme, we pause to recognize those who have delivered on the promises of justice through their profession and public service.”
Ivie is a founding partner in the law firm of Ivie, McNeill and Wyatt, the state’s largest African American Law Firm. Ivie also serves as a chair of the UCLA Black Alumni Association (UBAA) Board of Directors. In the fall of 2006, when fewer than 100 African American Freshmen enrolled at UCLA, the smallest number in more than 30 years, the UBAA started the Legacy Scholarship Program. After two decades of a downward spiral of African American Freshmen enrollment at UCLA, as a result of the scholarship program and the aggressive response from the UBAA, UCLA friends, supporters and community members, the 2006 downturn was reversed in 2007 when more than 200 African American Freshmen enrolled. This upward trend has continued to 2011 as the UBAA Legacy Scholarship has raised more than $3,000,000 and provided scholarships to almost 1,000 African American Freshmen at UCLA.
Mr. Ivie received his award to a standing ovation. On hand to congratulate Ivie were his lovely and talented wife, Recording Artist Eloise Laws Ivie, their daughter Alexx and Ivie’s law partners Robert H. McNeill, Jr., W. Keith Wyatt, Eulanda Lynn Matthews, Rupert A. Byrdsong and Byron M. Purcell. Other honorees included Jurist of the Year, the Honorable Justice Carol C. Codrington, Associate Justice California Court of Appeal, 4th District, Division 2, and Corporate Counsel of the Year bestowed upon Christopher P. Reynolds Group V.P., General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. and Cari K. Dawson of Alston and Bird in Atlanta, Georgia.