Mary E. Nelson

Mary E. Nelson, Administrative Hearing Commissioner

The Lloyd L. Gaines Scholarship Banquet serves to preserve the legacy of Lloyd L. Gaines and recognize the achievements of outstanding University of Missouri law students and alumni. On February 8th, 2014, MU BLSA will host its 28th Annual Lloyd L. Gaines Scholarship Banquet at the University of Missouri’s Memorial Union. The banquet will begin at 6:00pm (cocktail hour from 5:00-6:00pm). This event serves to celebrate Lloyd L. Gaines’ impact on achieving equality in the legal profession for African Americans, especially here at the University of Missouri School of Law. In light of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed major forms of discrimination against racial and ethnic groups, religious minorities, and women, the theme for this year’s banquet is: “Standing On The Shoulders Of A Giant: Fulfilling Gaines’ Dream.” Addressing this topic as this year’s keynote speaker will be Administrative Hearing Commissioner Mary E. Nelson. Additionally, MU BLSA will recognize the achievements of law students and alumni by administering scholarships to exceptional law students and by honoring one individual who has made outstanding contributions to the endeavors of MU BLSA. For more information on the history, life, and legacy of Lloyd L. Gaines, please visit the digital Lloyd L. Gaines Collection preserved by the University of Missouri School of Law Library at:;c=gnp

Thank you!

MU BLSA would like to thank all of our banquet sponsors and the donors who supplied items to the raffle this year. We would also like to thank those individuals who, without their help, this event wouldn’t have been possible. We appreciate your support and we look forward to working with you again next year.


  • Husch Blackwell L.L.P.
  • Stinson Leonard Street L.L.P
  • Thompson Coburn L.L.P.
  • St. Louis American Newspaper
  • Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative
  • Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Ogletree Deakins P.C.
  • Shook, Hardy, and Bacon L.L.P.


Raffle Donors

  • AMF Town and Country Lanes
  • Olive Garden
  • Fazoli’s
  • Isle of Capri Casino Hotel
  • Macaroni Grill
  • Ragtag Cinema
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • Top Ten Wines
  • Themis Bar Review
  • Barbri Bar Review
  • Westlaw
  • LexisNexis
  • MU Bookstore
  • University Concert Series
  • Forum Movie Theater
  • Starbucks
  • Tiger Spirit
  • Mizzou Athletics
  • Subway

Special Thanks

  • Casey Baker
  • Jody Bryson
  • Michelle Heck
  • Professor Mitchell
  • His LIGHT
  • Dean Lisa Key
  • Erika Fadel
  • Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton
  • Professor Peters
  • Professor Uphoff
  • Profess Dragich
  • Mary Nelson
  • Professor Henson
  • Robin Britt
  • MU Law Student Bar Association
  • Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
  • Professor Freyermuth
  • Professor Levin
  • Dean Dessem