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200 Attend Inaugural Concordia Law Event in Boise

First Annual Event Honored "Leaders in Action" and Raised Student Scholarships

More than 200 business, civic, and community leaders, legal industry leaders and public officials attended the Concordia University School of Law Leaders in Action Awards dinner, presented by Alliance Title & Escrow, on Thursday, April 18, 2013.

Two awardees were honored for their steadfast commitment and contributions to Boise and Idaho: Dr. Linda Clark, Superintendent of Joint School District #2, and Richard C. Fields, Esq., senior partner at Moffatt Thomas Barrett Rock & Fields. Both honorees received standing ovations.

Governor Otter expressed his support for Concordia Law and its event in a letter, writing "I encourage you to get and stay involved in supporting Concordia University School of Law and its students as they continue developing future leaders here in Idaho."

The keynote address was delivered by Ralph Smith, Esq., senior vice president at the Annie E. Casey Foundation and National Chair for the Grade Level Reading Campaign. He congratulated Concordia University for its mission and focus on developing transformative leaders.

"Transformative leadership is bridge building, sense making, meaning making, fired by imagination," said Smith, and that "progress will come by building common-sense consensus."

Smith congratulated the collaboration of Idaho organizations who, led by Idaho Voices for Children, have recently joined the national Grade Level Reading Campaign, saying that "if we can take the youngest kids and teach them to read...we will help every child fulfill their potential and we will keep our promise as a nation."

Proceeds from the event will benefit student scholarships. Event sponsors included presenting sponsor Alliance Title & Escrow Corp., leading sponsor Norco, Inc., along with many others.