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When: November 15
Where: Virgin Islands Bar Association
PO Box 224108
Christiansted, St. Croix  00820
Virgin Islands, U.S.
Contact: Julia Baldini, Executive Director

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About the Honorable Almeric L. Christian

Judge Almeric L. Christian served the Virgin Islands community in many capacities beginning as early as the 1960s. A native of St. Croix, Judge Christian attended elementary and high school in Christiansted and went on to graduate from Columbia Law School.  After returning to St. Croix to establish a private law practice, he was appointed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954 to serve on a seven-member commission charged with determining which federal laws should apply to the Virgin Islands. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy appointed Christian to as U.S. Attorney. He remained in that position until he was selected to be a District Court judge by President Richard Nixon in 1969. Christian was named Chief Judge of the District Court a year later, where he remained until he retired in 1988. Almeric L. Christian died on 1999.

About the Almeric L. Christian Scholarship Fund

Recognizing the need to provide financial assistance to Virgin Islands residents who desire to attend law school and to return home to live and work, the Virgin Islands Bar Association created this scholarship.  Judge Christian graciously lent his support and name to the undertaking. As a result, the annual golf tournament was created.

The first Almeric L. Christian tournament was held in 1987, which successfully raised proceeds from which two scholarships were awarded.  Each year the applicants have increased in number creating the need for additional funding.  During our past tournaments, we have raised over $15,000.00 annually with the support of the Virgin Islands community, enabling the Bar Association to award scholarships to applicants. 

Our work, however, is not done. In the Virgin Islands, we have had a governor, lieutenant governor, senators, cabinet members, prosecutors, public defenders, judges, and numerous public servants and community leaders holding law degrees. We need your support to continue to create a body of well-qualified Virgin Islanders to serve in these various capacities for the years to come. This is not possible without the commitment of our community to uphold Judge Christian’s legacy.

The Virgin Islands Bar Association extends its heartfelt thanks to you for helping us achieve this goal.

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