The National Bar Association (NBA) has presented Paulette Brown, a partner in Edwards Wildman
's Labor & Employment Practice Group and the firm's chief diversity officer, with the Cora T. Walker Legacy Award
. Brown received the honor at the NBA's Commercial Law Section annual conference. Cora T. Walker was a highly esteemed attorney and former chair of the NBA Commercial Law Section. She was one of the first black women to practice law in New York. Although her firm eventually represented large corporations, including Ford Motor Company and Texas Instruments, Walker also continued to represent members of her Harlem community. In 2006, the NBA Commercial Law Section created the Cora T. Walker Legacy Award in her honor. Founded in 1925, the National Bar Association is the nation's oldest and largest association of African-American lawyers and judges.
Brown has engaged in the private practice of law, focusing on all facets of labor and employment and commercial litigation, for the past 30 years. She has successfully defended employers in cases involving discrimination on the basis of age, sex, marital status, sexual harassment, disability, race and national origin. Brown is a frequent lecturer on labor and employment issues and issues related to electronic discovery and serves as 2nd vice chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. She is a certified mediator for the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, and a member of the Employment AAA Panel.
As a result of her charitable efforts and work with various bar associations, Brown has received numerous awards, including the Medal of Honor Award from the New Jersey Bar Foundation; the Equal Justice Award from the National Bar Association; the Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association; the Award of Excellence from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund; the Robert L. Carter Legacy Award by the New Jersey chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; and the Gertrude Rush Award from the National Bar Association. She has also received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism. Brown earned her law degree from Seton Hall University, School of Law, and her undergraduate degree from Howard University.