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The Conversation with Lonita Baker on the Killing of Breonna Taylor
March 7, 2021 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
This month marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Breonna Taylor who was killed by the police when they raided her home on March 13, 2020. Her killing sparked a nationwide conversation on systemic racism in our community and in ourselves. It is a sad fact that, but for the work of her family’s lawyer, Lonita Baker, Ms. Taylor’s death could have been yet another grim, and largely ignored, statistic. Instead, this horrible moment came into national focus and is forcing a long-needed reckoning with Louisville’s past and our future. Lonita is an excellent attorney with a unique perspective. Please join this month’s conversation with her.
More about our speaker:
Lonita Baker graduated from Ballard High School in 1999 and attended the University of Louisville on a Porter Achiever Presidential Scholarship. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with minors in sociology and Pan-African studies, Lonita continued her studies at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. In 2017, she earned a master’s degree in business administration, with distinction, from the University of Louisville College of Business.
Lonita is the current president of the Charles W. Anderson, Jr. Bar Association and serves on the National Executive Committee and Board of Governors for the National Bar Association (NBA), the nation’s oldest and largest association of African-American lawyers and judges. She also served as Chief of Communications for the NBA, under the leadership of past president Benjamin L. Crump, Esquire. Lonita is currently on the Board of Directors for the Louisville Bar Association, and she serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.
Lonita began her career as a public defender, private practitioner, prosecutor, and government litigator. She has received several awards for her service to the legal profession, including being named a Top 40 Under 40 Attorney by the National Bar Association (2015) and The National Black Lawyers (2017) and two National Bar Association Presidential Awards.