Our Mission

To empower leadership, advance the professional development of its membership, and promote the administration of justice in the Black community and the community at large.


Nyanza Shaw, Esq.
2021 President

It has been over a year since we’ve had the experience of a live event. I believe it is safe to say that we all miss the rush of the in-person experience. With the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines, many people are excited to re-connect in person.

As things are beginning to open back up and it becomes safer to get together, we are planning how to transition back to in-person events. Because health and safety are on everyone’s mind, resuming in-person events will be gradual as we all navigate our new reality.

We appreciate the support of our Sponsors!​

SCOTUS Preview:
Erwin Chemerinsky and Melissa Murray on the 2021-2022 Term

September 17, 2021

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Langston History Spotlight

Rupert A. Byrdsong

Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court

Past President

Lifetime Member

The Honorable Rupert A. Byrdsong was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court on June 18, 2014 by Governor Jerry Brown. He presently sits in Dept. 28 in the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles wherein he handles an unlimited jurisdiction individual court calendar with an inventory of over 500 cases. Prior to coming to Mosk, Judge Byrdsong was the first African-American in the Complex Civil Department wherein he handled and coordinated all of the asbestos cases in Los Angeles County. Judge Byrdsong volunteers his time mentoring young lawyers and speaks to students in high schools, colleges, and law schools throughout Los Angeles. He also volunteers his time to interview prospective students for Vanderbilt School of Law. Judge Byrdsong is active with the John M. Langston Bar Association (lifetime member and past president 2006), the California Association of Black Lawyers (CABL)(lifetime member), LACBA’s Labor and Employment Executive and Saturday Seminar Committees, and a Founding Member of the Association of African American California Judicial Officers (AAACJO).
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