The Washington Bar Association will mark its 53rd anniversary at an annual Law Day Dinner April 28 at the Sheraton Park Hotel.

The association will confer the Houston Medallion of Merit on Wiley A. Branton Jr., dean of the Howard University Law School.

Branton has served as a special assistant to attorney generals Nicholas Katzenbach and Ramsey Clark and as executive secretary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's Council on Equal Opportunity. While Branton was head of a voter education project headquartered in Atlanta, more then 600,000 black voters were registered in 11 southern states between the years 1962 and 1965.

Branton holds membership and positions in private and public organizations including the NAACP, Legal Defense and Educational Board and the board of directors of the Columbia Federal Savings and Loan Associations.

The Houston award is conferred "on an individual who has exemplified the best in Houstanian jurispredence, a jurisprudence which observes law as an organism for social justice through social engineering," according to a bar association announcement.

Clifford L. Alexander, secretary of the Army, will speak at the law day dinner. Alexander served on the National Security Council during the administration of President John F. Kennedy and as chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission during President Johnson's Administration.

Theme for this years dinner is "The Quest for Human Rights Under Law."

For more information call John A. Turner Jr. at 232-2300 or Iverson O. Mitchell III at 457-7822.