August 13, 2017

Gender equity champion Lauren Stiller Rikleen to receive ABA Margaret Brent Award

CHICAGO, Aug. 3, 2017 – Lauren Stiller Rikleen, president of Rikleen Strategic Leadership in Wayland, Mass., is a recipient of the American Bar Association’s 2017 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.

Rikleen will receive the award, given annually by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, on Sunday, Aug. 13, at the New York Hilton Midtown during the ABA Annual Meeting in New York. In addition to Rikleen, the award recipients include Judge Lynn Nakamoto, Judge. Bernice Bouie Donald, Nancy Duff Campbell and Nadine Strossen.

“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 in the Profession. Previous honorees include U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Rikleen is a nationally recognized expert on developing a thriving, diverse and multigenerational workforce. A prolific author, her works include “Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women’s Success in the Law” and “Power of the Purse: How General Counsel Can Impact Pay Equity for Women Lawyers.” Following a successful practice in environmental law, Rikleen founded the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership in 2011 and joined the Boston College Center for Work & Family as a visiting scholar.

Whether in private practice or through her extensive activities in national, state and local legal and community organizations, Rikleen has championed gender equity and gender pay equity in the legal profession, worked to advance women lawyers into leadership positions and minimize the impact of unconscious bias, and fought to remove barriers to women’s success in the legal profession.

The ABA Margaret Brent 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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