September 16, 2015

Former Compton attorney recipient of ABA GPSolo Difference Makers Award for service to the profession

CHICAGO, Sept. 16, 2015 — Los Angeles judge and former Compton attorney, Allen J. Webster, Jr., will be awarded the 2015 Difference Makers Award during the American Bar Association GPSolo 2015 Solo & Small Firm Summit: Strategies for Success on Friday, Sept. 25, in Boston. This award honors an attorney living or deceased who made a significant contribution to the legal profession through service to the profession.

Webster began his career as an associate at English Square Law Center in 1972. Shortly after, he became a partner at the Hairston, Webster and Johnson firm until 1985, and practiced as a sole practitioner while developing business as a partner at Whitaker, Curls, Levine and Webster.

Webster has been very active in legal and community activities and has served on various committees. His wealth of experience includes being commissioner for the Compton Judicial District; a judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court appointed by Governor Gray Davis; president of the Langston Bar Association, the California Association of Black Lawyers and the National Bar Association. He has served on the executive committee of the Law Practice Management Section of the California State Bar, as a founding committee member of the Los Angeles County Bar’s Indigent Criminal Defense Committee and Panel, on the ABA Task Force on Minorities and the Justice System and its Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice, on the State Bar of California’s Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation and on the Los Angeles County Solo and Small Law Firm Executive Committee. 

Webster is a past president of Southwestern University School of Law’s Alumni Board and served as a member of the Board of Trustees at the law school. He is the recipient of the National Bar Association Wiley Branton Award in 2006, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Langston Bar Association and National Bar Association in 2010 and 2012, respectively.

Currently, Webster serves as a member of the State of California’s Access and Fairness Advisory Committee; member of the Los Angeles Superior Court’s Fairness and Access Committee; member of the ABA Judicial Division’s Standing Committee on Minorities in the Judiciary and ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice Stand your Ground Task Force; judicial advisor to the California Association of Black Lawyers; member of the executive committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Indigent Criminal Defense Panel; co-chair of the Convention Committee for the National Bar Association and board member for the Langston Bar Association.

He attended Compton College and Pepperdine University, receiving a B.S. in business administration in 1963.

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