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October 16, 2017 – Locke Lord Partner and the Immediate Past President of the American Bar Association (ABA) Paulette Brown will be honored with a Good Scout Award on behalf of the Northern New Jersey Council, Boy Scouts of America at a reception on Oct. 19. The award recognizes Brown’s accomplishments and community service.
Brown is the first woman of color to lead the ABA and is nationally known for speaking out to eliminate bias in the U.S. legal system and advocating for the advancement of diverse lawyers, including women. She was influential in the creation, passage and implementation of ABA Resolution 113, which aims to promote diversity within law firms and urges clients to expand opportunities for diverse lawyers. At the start of her term as ABA President, Brown formed the ABA’s Diversity and Inclusion 360 Commission that examined the state of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, the judicial system and the ABA with the aim of formulating methods, policies, standards and practices to best advance diversity and inclusion.
Based in Locke Lord’s Morristown office, Brown is a Labor and Employment Partner and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. For nearly 40 years, Brown has focused her practice on all facets of labor and employment and commercial litigation. Prior to entering private practice, she held a number of positions, including in-house counsel to Fortune 500 companies and as a Municipal Court judge.
Brown has been recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of the prominent women and minority attorneys in the state of New Jersey and by the National Law Journal as one of “The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America.” Earlier this year, Brown was selected by the Boston Bar Association to receive the Beacon Award for Diversity and Inclusion for her efforts to increase diversity in the legal profession. She has also repeatedly been named by U.S. News as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of Commercial Litigation. Brown was named to the EBONY Power 100 List in 2014 and one of the country’s “Most Influential Black Lawyers” by Savoy Magazine. In 2016, she was selected by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law to receive the Daniel J. O’Hearn Award for Professionalism and was also a New Jersey Law Journal Top Women in Law honoree.
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