Panel to discuss history of and future for African-Americans in law careers

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By Paula Christine Schuler

A panel discussion of the history and future of African-Americans in law careers will be from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday in Room 218 of the nursing and allied health complex in honor of Black History Month.

Among the panelists is Lisa Tatum, who made history in 2012 when she was became the first African-American president-elect of the State Bar of Texas.

Judge Carmen Kelsey of the 289th District Court in Bexar County and attorney and mediator “Tamu” K. Floyd will also be panelists.

Floyd is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio and worked as law clerk in a U.S. district court for the District of Columbia.

Currently, Floyd specializes as a solo practitioner in mediation and family law in San Antonio.

Another panelist is Attorney Stephanie R. Boyd, who has been licensed to practice law since 1997 and earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from St. Mary’s University.

Barbara Knotts, director of creative multimedia, said there are groups of students visiting from St. Mary’s and other area universities for this event.

For more information, email Barbara Knotts at For more information on Black History Month events, visit


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