President's Message

Maintaining the Values of Langston 
While we have faced many challenges this year, what has remained tried and true is Langston’s values.
At our recent Past Presidents reception, it was an honor to hear from several past presidents ranging from the 1970’s to the early 2000’s and be reminded of the foundation on which Langston was built on. Retired Judge Dion Morrow, who was President in 1971 – only the second President of this organization, regaled us with stories from those early years and how at that time, while known as the Langston
Law Club, there was much more of an emphasis on “club,” then “law.” Its focus then was to create a place of community where this small group of African American attorneys could gather for support and fellowship.
While Langston has grown into an organization with over twenty committees which are both subject matter and practice area based, the organization has evolved and adapted at every chapter in response to the needs of its members. As we continue to grow, the values that Langston represents have remained consistent.
At this new juncture, it is fascinating to imagine how we will find new ways to adapt and pivot this year and beyond. But I am also inspired about what hasn't changed and never will: the foundation of Langston is the community - the member support, the friendships, the networking, the ethics, and the service. Indeed, these are the values that continue to make Langston exceptional. We have a great opportunity in this time to embrace the change that will strengthen us even as we remain true to Langston’s core values.
Continue to stay safe and stay connected!
Nyanza Shaw, Esq.
President, John M. Langston Bar Association