eve wright_web.jpgMIAMI — Power couple attorney Bacardi L. Jackson of Tucker Law Group LLC and her husband, television news anchor Calvin Hughes, are among honorees who will be presented with Distinguished Young Leader awards at a ceremony slated for Thursday, May 26, to be hosted in Miami by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

The “Distinguished Young Leader” awards is part of the Fund’s regional “Award of Excellence” program that recognizes people across the country for proven leadership, community involvement and professional and civic excellence, as well as their contributions to education and diversity.

The other honorees are business executive Jeffrey S. Bartel, U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer, and attorneys Marlon Hill, and Wright.

Neki Mohan of ABC Local Channel 10 will be the mistress of ceremonies of the program which is second in a series of five, with the first taking place in Newark, N.J., in March.

• Wright is vice-president and associate general counsel for the Miami Heat and the AmericanAirlines Arena. She serves as an advisor on legal issues pertaining to marketing and promotions, concerts and events, corporate sales, merchandising initiatives and player-related matters.

• Bartel is managing director of Hamptons Group,  a private equity and venture capital investment and strategic consulting group based in South Florida. The company focuses on real estate development and real estate services, technology, energy and the telecommunications sectors.

• Ferrer was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate on April 22, 2010, as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

•  Hill is a founding partner with the law firm of delancyhill, P.A. of Miami. He focuses his practice on general corporate, intellectual property and international business transactions. His areas of experience also include immigration and governmental matters.

• Hughes is an Emmy award-winning newscaster who co-anchors Local 10’s 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news with Laurie Jennings. He is a 20-year veteran of television news and has worked as an anchor/reporter also in Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Dallas.

• Jackson is attorney with the Tucker Law Group, an African-American-owned litigation law firm with offices in Miramar and Philadelphia. She is counsel and  managing attorney at the Miramar office.  A trial and appellate attorney, her practice includes employment discrimination, personal injury, civil rights and constitutional claims, as well as contractual and commercial disputes.

“These community leaders serve as role models for the nearly 300,000 young men and women who are matriculating on our 47-member school campuses,” said Johnny C. Taylor Jr., president & CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.  “We acknowledge their efforts to continue to unite people of all ethnicities and backgrounds to ensure that educational opportunities are available for everyone.”

The Fund is named for the late Thurgood Marshall, the Supreme Court's first African-American Justice, and was established in 1987.  It supports and represents students at 47-member schools, including public historically black colleges and universities and predominantly black institutions. Its focus is on three areas: scholarships, capacity building and programmatic support, and public policy and advocacy.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s “Distinguished Young Leader Awards” ceremony
WHEN: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 26
WHERE: Epic Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami
COST: Individual tickets cost $150 each. Several levels of sponsorships also available.
CONTACT: For tickets or sponsorship information, call Mary V. Jones, 201-227-8427 or e-mail mary.jones@tcmfund.org