In 1978, Booker T. Evans, Jr., was the seventh black lawyer admitted to practice in the state of Nevada. When he arrived in Phoenix in 1985, there weren’t a wide array of opportunities for attorneys of color in the valley.

“One of the things that drew people to the law at that time was the fact that they had a relative or two that were lawyers,” he recalls. “But for racial minorities, that connection with the practice of law was non-existent.”

A prominent attorney with more than 25 years in private practice, Booker Evans has extensive experience in criminal defense, product liability, insurance matters, criminal and civil RICO cases, and health law matters. Prior to entering private practice, he served as a Chief Deputy District Attorney in Las Vegas, an Assistant United States Attorney in Nevada and Arizona, and Corporate Counsel for Arizona Public Service Company. He has been named to Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, a Southwest Super Lawyer in Arizona and in White Collar Criminal Defense, a Top 100 Trial Lawyer and a Best Lawyer in America by US News & World Report. So naturally, when the State Bar of Arizona was looking for a group of lawyers to brainstorm ideas about diversifying the practice of law in Arizona, Booker Evans’ name was on that list.

“We are going back to fighting to get people of color into the law schools. Numbers-wise, we aren’t making a really significant dent. But we now have lawyers who are more visible. We have the power to influence what happens in law school admissions through mentoring and recommendations.”

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