Alexander Award

Alexander Award

The ABA Council for Diversity in the Educational Pipeline is accepting nominations for the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Award for Excellence in Pipeline Diversity. The Award will be presented in February 2019 during the ABA Midyear Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Please click on the following link to download the: Nomination Packet and Instructions. The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2018.

Purpose of the Award

To increase diversity in the legal profession demands work to expand opportunities for and success of underrepresented students all along the educational pipeline through law school and into the profession. The Alexander Award was created to honor an individual or organization that has demonstrated exemplary leadership and success in educational pipeline work.

The award is named after the life and legacy of two legal trailblazers – Raymond Pace Alexander and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander. Raymond was the first African American to graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and become a judge on the Common Pleas Court of Philadelphia. In the early 1930s, Raymond took two Chester County school districts to court that ended de jure segregation in Pennsylvania schools. Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, Raymond’s wife, was the first African American women to receive a Ph.D. in the United States and the first woman to receive a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


The organization or individual has led or created a successful program to advance opportunities for underrepresented students throughout the educational pipeline and into the legal profession.

  • 2018 Recipient