Dawson honored by Cooley Black Law Students Association
WARREN HOPE DAWSON was presented the “2019 Distinguished Leadership Award” by Black Law Students Association (BLSA) at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus. The Black Tie Ball – “Mardi Gras Masquerade” was held at the University Club of Tampa March 2. Dawson was presented the award for his many years of work in ensuring that all students in the School District of Hillsborough County have access to a high quality education. Dawson said it was important for attorneys to be involved in their communities and help those who are not being treated fairly. Directing his remarks to the law students, he said, “Don’t pursue a legal career for the money. Do it to make your community better. The money will come if you have a commitment to improve the lives of people.” In 1974, Dawson became the lead counsel for the plaintiffs in Manning vs. the School Board of Hillsborough County. The plaintiff class consisted of “all minor Negro children and their parents residing in Hillsborough County.” In that role, he was responsible for monitoring and enforcing the desegregation orders handed down by the federal courts. In April 2018, SDHC Superintendent Jeff Eakins dedicated The Warren Hope Dawson Elementary School, located in the Riverview community, in honor of Dawson’s four decades of work for students. Pictured are Alicia E. Smith, BLSA president; Kayla Nichols, BLSA secretary; Professor Renalia DuBose; Dawson; Tempestt Jenkins, BLSA treasurer; Jenell Gillespie, BLSA parliamentarian; and Amanda Burch, BLSA vice president.