Judy A. Smith, who the character Olivia Pope on the hit television show Scandal is based on, treats the audience to a question and answer session.  Photo by Jason Lewis (205744)

The Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Foundation held their 41st Scholarship Fundraiser & Awards Luncheon this past Saturday at the Casa Del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica.

The theme of this year’s event was Beyond All Limits: Motivate, Educate, Elevate.

“This afternoon, the Foundation is presenting scholarships to nine outstanding law students, including two third year law students who will be receiving the 3L Diversity Scholarship,” said Syna N. Dennis, president of the Black Women Lawyers (BWL) Association of Los Angeles Foundation. “The 3L Diversity Scholarship, co-sponsored by the Foundation and the California Bar Foundation, is awarded to California law school graduates who are committed to working in public interest and demonstrated resilience in the face of social-economic challenges.”

The BWL was founded in 1975 to address the needs and concerns of Black women in the legal profession.

“Our 2016 scholarship luncheon culminates a bar year focused on education and inclusion with our 2015-16 theme, Planting the Seeds: Education and Inclusion for the Next 40,” said Nicole Hancock Husband, President of the BWL Association of Los Angeles. “Awarding scholarships to deserving law students and recognizing outstanding women honorees not only falls in line with this theme, but also with one of the most important missions of BWL – improving and promoting the administration of justice by increasing opportunities for the participation of black women at all levels therein.”

This year’s award honorees were Judy A. Smith, founder and president, Smith & Company; Bonnie Hill, Ed.D., president, B. Hill Enterprises, LLC; and Tige J. Charity, founder and executive director, Kids in the Spotlight, Inc. Smith was honored with the Trailblazer Award, Hill the Corporate Excellence Award and Charity the Community Service Award.

The audience was treated to a question-and- answer session with Smith, of whom the character Olivia Pope on the hit television show “Scandal” is based on. This high class affair was put on by Minor Details Productions, a full service event planning company.