Chasity Thompson Adewopo, ’02 Receives Rabb Emison Award
Chasity Thompson Adewopo, ’02, Director of Professional Development at the law school, was awarded the 2006 Rabb Emison Award from the Indiana State Bar Association’s Racial Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee. The award, named for its first recipient in the individual category, recognizes an individual or organization that has demonstrated a commitment to promote diversity and/or equality in the legal profession and in the membership of the Indiana State Bar Association.
La Wanda Ward, ’03, Assistant Director for Pro Bono Program and Public Interest at the law school works closely with Adewopo and says, “We appreciate Chasity’s dedication and tireless efforts towards enhancing the legal community!”
Adewopo became the director of the Office of Professional Development in April 2006. She joined the law school as associate director of professional development in the summer of 2004. She graduated magna cum laude from Alabama State University with degrees in English and Business Administration. She earned a Master of Business Administration from Auburn University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University School of Law- Indianapolis, where she actively participated in and chaired numerous school, legal and community functions.
Following law school, Chasity served for two years as a judicial clerk to Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard of the Indiana Supreme Court. Licensed to practice law as a member of the Indiana Bar, Chasity serves on the executive committee of the Indiana State Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Section, and its Committee for Racial Diversity in the Legal Profession. She also serves on the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Law Student Division Executive Committee and is a member of the Marion County and National Bar Associations. She is involved in the Indianapolis community as a member of the Julian Center Development Board, and a member of the Junior League of Indianapolis.
Chasity’s responsibilities include managing all activities of the Office of Professional Development, fostering and maintaining effective working relationships with legal employers, counseling and assisting alumni and students with job search strategies and judicial clerkship opportunities, developing and implementing professional development programming and administering the on-campus interview program.