Celebrating Black Legal Trailblazers

This year, the ABA is celebrating Black Legal Trailblazers, from the 1800s to the present. The individuals have not only been powerful examples of leadership in the legal profession, but have brought about historic change and progress to make the legal field more inclusive today, and more representative of our population as a whole.


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The ABA Diversity Commission Honors Black Legal Professionals

Learn more about ways the Commission on Racial & Ethnic Diversity in the Profession supports lawyers of color. Many Black lawyers and legal professionals have been honored at the Spirit of Excellence Awards, have participated in the Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy, and have been highlighted in the Innovator Newsletter.

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The ABA Commission on Women Recognizes Black Women

Learn more about the ways the Commission on Women in the Profession supports, listens to, and honors Women of Color in the legal profession. The annual Margaret Brent awards have honored Black female leaders, and the Commission on Women leads a Women of Color Research Initiative and toolkit.

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Profiles from the ABA Journal

With JDs in hand, these 14 attorneys defied adversity to become pioneers in their fields. Check out the gallery from the ABA Journal to discover how each of these black lawyers, some involved as ABA leaders, made history.

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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Statement by EEOC Chair Janet Dhillon on Black History Month 2020.

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