Black Law Students Association honors ND Law alumni

Author: Denise Wager


Notre Dame Law School’s chapter of the Black Law Students Association honored three alumni with awards on September 14 at the organization’s annual banquet.

The Honorable Cristal Brisco ’06 J.D. received the Alvin McKenna Alumnus of the Year Award.

The Alvin McKenna Award is given to a Notre Dame Law graduate who has distinguished him or herself within the African-American community and supports BLSA programs and activities. The honoree also demonstrates active involvement within the community.

Brisco was appointed as a magistrate for the St. Joseph Circuit Court in South Bend, Ind., in July 2018. She previously served as the general counsel for Saint Mary’s College. Brisco spent seven years working at the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg before becoming corporation counsel for the City of South Bend under Mayor Pete Buttigieg. She serves on the Notre Dame Law Association Board and the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County Board.

Max Siegel ’86, ’92 J.D. was also honored with an alumni speaker award. Siegel is the chief executive officer for USA Track & Field. He previously served as president of global operations for Dale Earnhardt, Inc. and as a senior vice president at Sony/BMG. He is the owner of Rev Racing and has led NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program to bring more multicultural and female talent to the sport.

BLSA also awarded recent graduate Terrence Way ’18 J.D. with a Dwight King Community Service Award. This award is presented to a BLSA member who has devoted considerable time, energy, and attention to both BLSA and the Notre Dame Law School community.

“We are thankful to have celebrated our 46th Annual BLSA Alumni Banquet and for the alumni to constantly come back throughout the years to share their wisdom and knowledge with members of the Law School community,” said Walter Jean-Jacques, president of the Black Law Students Association. “We also appreciate the leadership of our vice president, Charleene Smith, for helping to organize this event and continuing the Notre Dame BLSA tradition.”

The banquet was held next door to the Law School in McKenna Hall.