President of National Bar Association to Speak at West Virginia State on Feb. 9

Contact: Kimberly Osborne
(304) 766-3363
Feb. 6, 2015
President of National Bar Association to Speak at West Virginia State on Feb. 9

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – The President of the National Bar Association will be speaking at West Virginia State University (WVSU) on Monday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the James C. Wilson University Union as part of a series of events celebrating Black History Month.

As President of the association, attorney Pamela J. Meanes has been a vocal advocate for federal investigations into police violence against minorities across the country. Her work has proven instrumental for maintaining the public’s attention on this issue while also pursuing the legal steps necessary to see that justice occurs. She has been featured speaking about this issue in The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The appearance by Meanes is free and open to the public.

Meanes is a partner in Thompson Coburn LLP, the largest law firm in St. Louis. She was the first African-American in the firm’s history to be elevated from associate to partner. She became the president of the National Bar Association in July 2014.

The National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and is the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges. For more information visit

For more information about Meanes appearance at WVSU, call (304) 766-3076 or email

For more information about these and other events recognizing Black History Month at or supported by WVSU, visit

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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