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NAACP Long Beach Branch Selects Dymally as Honoree

Published: June 1, 2010

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Long Beach Branch has selected CSULB’s Lynn Vivian Dymally as a Woman of the Year Honoree, depicting someone who has helped shape the city of Long Beach. The organization regards honorees as well-respected, devoted women who interact in a positive manner on a family, spiritual, community and civic basis.

Dymally, a full-time lecturer in the College of Business Administration (CBA) at the university, was honored May 16 during a celebration at Ernest McBride Sr. Park in Long Beach. In addition, a reception was held honoring the women and the new Police Chief of Long Beach Jim McDonnell.

“This was a complete surprise,” said Dymally. “My students are really the reason I am receiving this award. They help me to shine and they made it possible for me to be selected because it’s all about them. It’s a worthy cause to be at the university serving students. It’s a pleasure and joy and it’s for a good purpose.”

Dymally, who is her 11th year at CSULB, noted that her true connection to the NAACP is through relationships she has forged with her students. According to Dymally, many of the African-American students on campus are part of the college chapter of the NAACP in Long Beach. She serves as faculty advisor for CSULB’s Black Business Student Association (BBSA).

In CSULB’s CBA, she has taught or teaches Introduction to Law and Business Transactions; Legal and Regulatory Environment of Business; Legal Aspects of Real Estate, Legal, Regulatory and Ethical Environment of Business; and Legal, Regulatory and Ethical Environment of Business.

“I loved law school and it was a great experience, but I didn’t plan to practice,” she said. “I started thinking about exactly what I would like to do and I loved the collegiate environment and I thought I would love to teach.”

Dymally, who attended public schools in Los Angeles County, earned a bachelor’s degree in communication/sociology from UC San Diego, a master’s degree in business management from the University of Redlands, and a juris doctor degree from Whittier Law School.

Her first taste of teaching was split between Long Beach City College (LBCC) and CSULB. In her second year, she became full-time in the CBA at CSULB and taught business law while continuing her association with LBCC for another five years.

“I love it here,” she said. “They would have to drag me out of there kicking and screaming. Serving others is my passion and purpose in life and it just so happens that I get to serve at the university and I love the service that I do. I love the students, the administration and I am where I am supposed to be and doing what I am supposed to be doing. I can’t think of anything better for me. This is a great campus and I just can’t see myself anywhere else.”

In addition to her teaching responsibilities and her faculty advisor role with the BBSA at CSULB, Dymally is a member of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, serves as faculty representative to the Associated Students Elections Board and was a member on the Advisory Committee for the Hispanic Serving Institution Development Grant.

Lynn Dymally
Lynn Dymally

While at CSULB, Dymally co-authored two articles, “The Opaque and Under-Regulated Hedge Fund Industry: Victim or Culprit in the Subprime Mortgage Crisis,” published in New York University Journal of Law and Business (Summer 2009) and “Increasing Extraterritorial Intrusion of E.U. Authority into U.S. Business Mergers and Competition Practices: U.S. Multinational Business Underestimate the Strength of the European Commission,” published in University of Connecticut International Law Journal (Summer 2004). Her other academic activities include an assignment by the CSU Chancellor to the California African-American Political and Economic Institute as the coordinator for the institute’s think tank activities.

Among her professional activities, Dymally was appointed to serve as a member to the Long Beach Bar Association Board of Governors. A licensed real estate broker, she is a managing partner in a real estate brokerage and rehab construction firm specializing in low-income urban distressed properties, and she operates a consulting business which provides legal consultation services such as legal counsel referrals, case coordination, trial preparation, legal research, contract drafting and review, as well as proposal and grant research and writing.

One of her biggest long-time supporters has been Doug Robinson, vice president of student services, whom Dymally cites as her mentor.

“In my opinion, Lynn Dymally has provided outstanding service to the university and the community for many years and we are indeed fortunate to have her as a member of the campus community at CSULB,” said Robinson. “She provides excellent instruction in the classroom and serves as an advisor to campus student organizations while also serving as an advisor to the Associated Students Inc. Elections Board. She is a wonderful role model for CSULB students who have had the good fortune to pass her way. I can’t think of a more deserving candidate for this very prestigious award.”

–Shayne Schroeder