The American Bar Association Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice will honor long-time Section leader and former Section Chair C. Elisia Frazier with its Father Robert F. Drinan Award during a virtual reception at 4:00 p.m. CT/5:00 p.m. ET on February 19, 2020, during the ABA Midyear Meeting. Please see here for the press release.
The Father Robert F. Drinan Award for Distinguished Service honors those who have strengthened the Section’s mission to provide leadership to the legal profession.
Frazier currently serves as the Managing Deputy City Attorney for the City of Atlanta. She previously owned her own law firm, was the form in-house counsel for three Fortune 500 companies, and serviced individual clients, small legal departments, small businesses, and local governments, including serving as the chief of staff to a CEO of a large metropolitan county.
Section Chair Angela J. Scott describes the reasoning behind the selection of Frazier as the 2021 Father Drinan Recipient:
"Elisia practices what she preaches. I can attest to Elisia’s demonstrated commitment to civil rights, equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion because I have personally benefited from it," said Angela Jean Scott, Chair of the Section. "When I served as the YLD Liaison to the Section, Elisia gave me the opportunity to Chair the IRR Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity Committee, which started my own leadership journey within the section during a time when our section leadership was not very diverse. I recognize the significance of her providing me with an opportunity that would not have otherwise been available. Elisia walks her talk. Over the years, I have observed Elisia’s strength, perseverance, and impeccable leadership under challenging circumstances and I continue to be inspired by her service, grateful for her mentorship and honored to follow in her footsteps."