May 01, 2019 Guest Chair's Column

Your Voice

Montrece McNeill Ransom, CDC, Atlanta, GA

In March of 2019, I was presented with the ABA Health Law Section (HLS)’s Champion of Diversity and Inclusion Award. I was incredibly honored to receive this particular award. I am, indeed, a champion for diversity and inclusion, and serving as a voice for diversity is very important to me, both personally and professionally.  I have been working in the field of public health law for almost 18 years, and I have long felt compelled to contribute to the creation of spaces where diverse individuals, regardless of their backgrounds and various identities, can feel included. I feel responsible for holding the door open for people who follow me. Receiving this award felt like recognition of my contributions to the ABA, and the HLS, and to our profession as a whole. I felt seen.

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