July 09, 2015

Flora D. Darpino to receive prestigious Margaret Brent Award

CHICAGO, July 9, 2015 – Flora D. Darpino, lieutenant general, United States Army, The Judge Advocate General, is a recipient of the 2015 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.

Darpino will receive the award, given annually by the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession, on Sunday, Aug. 2, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago during the ABA Annual Meeting.

“We are honored to recognize this spectacular group of women. We applaud their achievements, knowing that their efforts will inspire a new generation of women lawyers,” said Michele Coleman Mayes, chair of the ABA Commission on Women, of this year’s Brent winners. Previous honorees include U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Darpino is the first woman to serve as judge advocate general, the U.S. Army’s top lawyer. Upon being promoted from a one-star general to three-star lieutenant general and elevated to this post in September 2013, she became the 39th judge advocate general.

Darpino has held some of the most rigorous positions in the JAG Corps and served with distinction in two deployments to the combat theater of Iraq, at the beginning and the end of the war.

A trailblazer throughout her nearly 30-year career, she has focused on mentorship and professional development, particularly for women in the JAG Corps, and is legendary for her outreach and support. Darpino has received numerous military awards throughout her career.

In addition to Darpino, other winners of the award are Mari Carmen Aponte, Fernande R.V. “Nan” Duffly, Mary Ann Hynes and Emma Coleman Jordan.

The ABA Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, established in 1991, honors outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence in their area of specialty and have actively paved the way to success for others. The award is named for Margaret Brent, the first woman lawyer in America. Brent arrived in the colonies in 1638, and was involved in 124 court cases in more than eight years, winning every case. In 1648, she formally demanded a vote and voice in the Maryland Assembly, which the governor denied.

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