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Excited to welcome Renee Brown, WNBA Chief of Basketball Ops & Player Relations

April 20, 2016 Leave a comment

I am honored and excited to welcome my dear friend Reneé Brown to Widener Law Commonwealth to deliver the final Black Law Students Association Fireside Chat where students connect with high level executives in professional sports.

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Credit: Seattle Times 4/16/2016 Renee Brown & Talia Walton

Reneé and I met some years ago at a Black Women in Sport Foundation banquet. She was being honored and I, known then as “Lawyer by Day, Poet by Night”, performed my signature piece, Find Your Own Shine.

Reneé, a huge admirer of spoken word and of tennis (which is great for a former pro tennis player like me, of course), loved the performance and we hit it off immediately. The rest, as they say, is history!

 

Reneé is extremely accomplished, authentic, generous, tough, funny, warm and kind. My students are extremely fortunate that Reneé is giving of her time to participate in this informal yet engaging presentation and chat.

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Credit: Tonya M. Evans

Two weeks ago, we welcomed DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the National Football League Players Association.

Congratulations to BLSA for a stellar fireside chat lineup this year.

About Reneé M. Brown

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Reneé Brown, WNBA Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations, oversees all player scouting and acquisition for the league, as well as the administration of player-related policies and programs. In addition, she is responsible for overseeing the policies for all on-court basketball operations.

 

Prior to being promoted to her current position, Brown served as WNBA Vice President and Senior Director. She joined the WNBA in September 1996 as Director of Player Personnel.

Brown also plays an integral role in USA Basketball, currently serving on both the Steering and Selection Committees. She has chaired the USA Basketball Women’s Senior National Team Selection Committee and served on the Executive Committee for USA Basketball for three consecutive quadrants, from 2000 to 2012. The U.S. Women’s Senior National Team won Olympic gold medals at the conclusion of each of Brown’s tenures, in 2004, 2008 and 2012. She also served as Vice President for the Senior Women’s Programs from 2000 to 2004.

During the 1995-96 season, Brown served as an assistant coach to Tara VanDerveer for the gold medal-winning USA Basketball Women’s National Team in Colorado Springs, where she helped with game preparation, player conditioning and scouting.

Brown served as an assistant coach for women’s basketball teams at the University of Kansas, Stanford University, and San Jose State University. During her tenure at Kansas, she helped guide the Jayhawks to an 88-31 record, four trips to the NCAA Tournament and a Big Eight Conference title. Her Stanford team won the NCAA tournament in 1990 and earned a trip to the Final Four in 1991.

Brown holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in education, both from UNLV.

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Professor Evans Joins BLSA & Widener Law for March 26th Day of Justice for Trayvon

March 23, 2012 3 comments

Last Updated: March 23, 2012 [8:05 PM]

Credit: Professor Tonya Evans
Wearing her hoodie in solidarity
#millionhoodies

If you are not aware of the Trayvon Martin murder and controversy, please take a moment to review the links below.

The case is receiving national and international attention as people of good conscience, regardless of race, rally in support of justice in this horrific case where a 17-year old high school boy was killed by a 28-year old man.

Trayvon, walking in his neighborhood in Sanford, Florida wearing a hoodie because it was raining, was carrying candy and a can of iced tea. George Zimmerman, his killer, was driving in his car, following Trayvon because he looked “suspicious” and armed with a 9 mil gun.

Additionally, Anderson Cooper of CNN recently analyzed the 911 tapes for what appears to be racial epithets muttered by Zimmerman just before he began to pursue Trayvon.

The point is not just ensuring Trayvon’s killer is arrested and tried but also to challenge the Florida “Stand Your Ground” law which apparently gives citizens the license to kill first and ask questions later.  Note, however, the co-sponsor of the “Stand Your Ground” castle doctrine, FL State Representive Dennis Baxley, has stated the law as written would not apply to a case where the shooter pursues and confronts the victim. This tragedy should never happen again.

As a citizen, professor, lawyer and woman of color & conscience, I stand in solidarity with BLSA, with the nation and the world in support of Justice for Trayvon.

Justice is not just for some. But for all.

Here is the letter from the Black Law Students Association at Widener University School of Law:

On February 26, a 17-year old African-American boy named Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a self-appointed neighborhood watchmen who thought he looked suspicious because he was wearing a hoodie (hooded sweatshirt). Nearly a month later, this gunman has yet to be charged or arrested.

The gunman has claimed self-defense, and local authorities have not yet charge him because of provisions in Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Awareness of this tragedy has been spreading over the news and social media networks.

For some information regarding the Trayvon Martin controversy and the “Stand Your Ground law, please see the links below:

The Black Law Student Association of the Widener Harrisburg campus feels strongly that justice has yet to be served in this case. As law students, we should be concerned with fairness and equality in all levels of the legal system.

Events expressing the disapproval of the lack of action by authorities have been organized all over the country, including law schools. On Monday, March 26, we are asking members of the Widener community to wear (1) all black or (2) a hoodie in solidarity of justice for Trayvon Martin.

Thank you,

Black Law Student Association–Widener Harrisburg Chapter

About Professor Tonya M. Evans

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