Locke Lord Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Paulette Brown was selected as one of 50 honorees to receive the Council on Legal Education Opportunity EDGE award for outstanding contributions in the field of diversity.
Brown is a senior partner in Locke Lard’s Princeton office. She has been practicing employment law for almost 40 years, and previously served as the first woman of color to lead the American Bar Association.
During her tenure at the ABA, she formed the organization’s Diversity and Inclusion 360 Commission, aimed at examining diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, the judicial system and the ABA in order to create policies and practices to advance diversity and inclusion.
Brown also helped create, pass and implement ABA Resolution 113 to promote diversity in the legal profession and encourage clients to extend opportunities to diverse lawyers.
This is the inaugural EDGE award, though CLEO has been working to increase diversity in the legal profession via legal education since 1968, wherin people of color made up less than one percent of the field.
Brown and others will accept their awards at a gala at the Ritz Carlton-Washington on Nov. 15.