Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award

The Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, established by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession in 1991, recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women lawyers who have excelled in their field and have paved the way to success for other women lawyers.

2018 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awardees


  • Patricia Kruse Gillette; JAMS Mediator; Retired Partner, Orrick; Author; Kensington, CA
  • Eileen M. Letts; Partner; Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLP; Chicago, IL
  • Hon. Consuelo B. Marshall; U.S. District Judge; U.S. District Court; Los Angeles, CA
  • Cynthia E. Nance; Dean Emerita, Nathan G. Gordon Professor of Law, Director of Pro Bono and Community Engagement; University of Arkansas School of Law; Fayetteville, AR
  • Tina Tchen; Partner; Buckley Sandler LLP; Chicago, IL


Thank you for joining us on Sunday, August 5, 2018 to celebrate their achievements. Relive the day, and watch these trailblazers accept their awards here

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2018 Margaret Brent Awards


The 2018 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards were presented on Sunday, August 5, 2018 in Chicago during the ABA Annual Meeting.

Thank You to Our Generous 2018 Supporters

2018 Commemorative Program and Tribute Book

Previous Award Recipients

Honorees receiving the Margaret Brent Award have achieved professional excellence in their field and

  • influenced other woman to pursue legal careers,
  • opened doors for women lawyers in a variety of job settings that historically were closed to them, and/or
  • advanced opportunities for women within a practice area or segment of the profession.

 View the list of distinguished award recipients