Honorable Bernice B. Donald Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession Award

About the Award

The Honorable Bernice B. Donald Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession Award recognizes an ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law (LEL) member, law firm, corporation, organization or academic institution that has demonstrated leadership in and commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Award Criteria

The nominees will be evaluated by the following criteria:

  • The nominee has actively promoted diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession.
  • The nominee has impacted diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession.
  • The nominee’s diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession activities and efforts have affected the individuals and organizations with or on behalf of whom the nominee works.
  • The nominee has demonstrated an innovative approach to diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession.
  • The nominee has made professional or personal sacrifice(s) to further diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession.
  • The nominee has received previous recognition for contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession by other organizations.
  • An LEL member must work or volunteer for the nominees that are law firms, corporations, organizations or academic institutions.

Nomination Process

Nominations must be submitted by an LEL member.

To nominate an individual, law firm, corporation, organization or academic institution submit the following information to the LEL Section Office:

Nominee and Nominator Information: Names, addresses, firm, corporation, organization or academic institution, telephone number(s), and e-mail address(es) for the Nominee and Nominator.

Nominee’s Bio: The nomination package should include a summary, of no more than six pages,  of the nominee’s practice or organization.

Nomination Narrative: The nomination narrative should first describe the significant diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession contributions, specify the nature of those contributions, and identify those who have benefited. Provide specific materials that demonstrate the nominee’s contributions, including articles, presentations and other documentation. Also, nominators may provide the names and contact information of no more than three other individuals who, if asked, could provide additional information.

Letters of Support: Letters of support from other individuals and organizations aware of the nominee's contributions may be included but are not required.

Award Selection and Presentation

The LEL Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession Committee will review the nominations and make recommendations to the LEL Chair and Chair-Elect.

The award will be presented during the Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference.

Award Recipients

2020
Judge Bernice B. Donald, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Jane Howard-Martin, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.