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Heather Thomas is the 2nd Vice President of the Wiley Manuel Bar Association and an attorney with Legislative Intent Service, Inc.

Mayor Kevin Johnson Attends the Successful Wiley Manuel Bar Association Law Day Mixer. by Heather Thomas

Judge James L. Long (ret.), Dr. Abe McIntosh, and Justice William Murray enjoy the gathering while Bob Buccola looks on.


a throng of judges, attorneys, and law students looked on, Mayor Kevin Johnson recalled how, as a child growing up in Sacramento, retired Sacramento County Superior Court Judge James L. Long and prominent Sacramento physician Abe McIntosh served as mentors to him and his parents. Calling Judge Long a pioneer, the mayor noted that Judge Long had either ruled upon, or had been involved in, several cases and events that advanced the cause of civil rights. “Thank you and congratulations for your leadership,” the mayor said to Judge Long. Mayor Johnson spoke during the Wiley Manuel Bar Association Law Day Mixer in May. The mixer is an annual event at which judges, attorneys, and law students can get to know one another in a casual environment. Students can ask all the questions they want and seek all the help they need. And sometimes, students and professionals make connections that influ-


Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson addresses the crowd.

Judge Kevin Culhane and student Kaliah Kirkland

ence the development of the students’ careers. About 85 people attended this year’s event. WMBA thanks Judge Long for opening his home for the event. WMBA also thanks Mayor Johnson, Dr. McIntosh, attorney Robert Buccola (who helped sponsor the event), California State Board of Equalization Executive Director Cynthia Bridges, Sacramento County Superior Court Executive Officer Tim Ainsworth, retired Alameda County Superior Court Judge Horace Wheatley, Sacramento County Public Defender Paulino Durán, Charles Houston Bar Association President Cometria Cooper, Assistant Sacramento City Attorney Sandra Talbott, and everyone who attended and who contributed to the scholarship fund. WMBA Past President Renee Carter, along with President Shanae Buffington, 1st Vice President Carlton Davis, 2nd Vice President Heather Thomas, Secretary Carmen-Nicole

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Lincoln Law School student Jody Johnson and Sacramento Public Defender Paulino Durán

Cox, Treasurer Gary Lindsey, Financial Secretary Audreyell Anderson, Sergeant-at-Arms Keith Staten, Parliamentarian Cathy Ongiri, and Member-at-Large Maureen Onyeagbako helped plan and execute the affair. The Wiley Manuel Bar Association is an association of African-American attorneys whose stated purpose is “to provide an organized bar affiliation to represent the professional interests of the legal community in Sacramento, with special emphasis on Black attorneys; to promote the administration of justice; and to make use of legal tools and Legal discipline for the advancement of the economic, political, educational, and social interest of Sacramento, especially the Black community.” WMBA is open to any interested student or legal professional in the Sacramento region. For more information, visit the organization online at http://wileymanuelbarassociation.com or contact it at sacwmba@gmail.com.

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