Steward Maurita Coley, executive director of Capital Area Asset Builders, a nonprofit leader in Greater Washington, received the 2011 Paul R. Dean Award from Georgetown Law School recently. She was the only female and African American among the five distinguished alumni cited as this year’s awardees by the law school.
The prestigious award is named for the late former dean and dean emeritus of the Georgetown Law School who was often referred to as the “founding dean of the modern Georgetown University Law Center,” Under his visionary leadership, the Law Center was transformed into one of the nation’s elite law schools.
Steward Coley’s Capital Area Asset Builders helps low-income communities build assets by becoming small business owners, homeowners, and improving their education, financial capability, and job skills. She is a former Partner with the Davis Wright Tremaine and the Cole, Raywid & Braverman law firms, and has served as an executive at BET Holdings, Inc.
As an alumna of Georgetown Law School (class of l981), Ms. Coley has served as Vice Chair of the African American Scholarship Endowment and co-chair of the first BLSA/Alumni Reunion Committee and is a former member of the Law Alumni Board. She received the Alumnae Award from Georgetown Law in 2006, and she currently serves as a co-chair of the Georgetown Law Class of 1981’s 30th Reunion Committee.
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