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Thursday, March 30, 2017
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Taj Boston Hotel | 15 Arlington St. | Boston

Meet our Honoree: Paulette Brown

As the first African-American, female President of the American Bar Association, Paulette Brown has been a trailblazer.

Throughout her career, she has been outspoken about her belief that it is the duty of each and every attorney to make diversity in the legal profession a priority. The BBA will present Brown with the Beacon Award this year to shine a light on her efforts.

During her 2015-2016 tenure as president of the ABA, Brown rallied volunteers across the country to use their expertise to develop collaborative plans to increase diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. She established the Diversity and Inclusion 360 Commission, which convened stakeholders in the development of policies and practical tools. The commission launched an inquiry into the best practices for hiring and retaining diverse talent and increasing diversity in the pipeline of future lawyers, among other initiatives.

The commission also developed ABA Resolution 113, which urges all legal services providers to expand and create opportunities at all levels of responsibility for diverse attorneys, and urges clients to direct a greater percentage of the legal services they purchase to diverse attorneys.

At Locke Lord LLP’s Morristown, NJ office, Brown is a partner and member of the labor and employment practice group. Throughout her career, she has held a number of positions, including in-house counsel to a number of Fortune 500 companies and as a Municipal Court Judge. For the past 30 years, Brown has engaged in the private practice of law, focusing on all facets of labor and employment and commercial litigation.

She has defended employers in cases involving discrimination on the basis of age, sex, marital status, sexual harassment, disability, race and national origin. Brown has received results in class action employment discrimination cases based upon race and wage and hour claims. She is also experienced in all aspects of workplace training and collective bargaining.

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