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CHICAGO, Feb. 4, 2014 — The American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession has selected seven lawyers to receive the 2014 Spirit of Excellence Award for their outstanding achievements toward advancing diversity in the legal profession.
“Diversity, like justice itself, is a goal that requires constant vigilance and hard work,” Commission Chair Reginald M. Turner Jr. said. “This year’s honorees have distinguished themselves as legal trailblazers. They are also leaders in the fight for equal opportunities within our noble profession. It is our privilege and our pleasure to recognize them all with the ABA Spirit of Excellence Award.”
The awards will be presented at the 2014 Spirit of Excellence Awards Luncheon on Feb. 8 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago during the ABA Midyear Meeting.
Award recipients are:
The mission of the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession is to promote racial and ethnic diversity and inclusion within the legal profession. The commission serves as a catalyst for change, so that the profession may more accurately reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of society and better serve society. The commission promotes the recruitment, hiring, promotion and advancement of attorneys of color and works to ensure equal membership and employment opportunities for diverse lawyers in the ABA. The commission accomplishes all this through many initiatives, activities and programs, including the annual Spirit of Excellence Award.
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