August 13, 2017

Women’s rights advocate Nancy Duff Campbell to receive ABA Margaret Brent Award

CHICAGO, Aug. 3, 2017 — Nancy Duff Campbell, co-president of the National Women’s Law Center, is a recipient of the American Bar Association’s 2017 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.

Campbell 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 at the ABA Annual Meeting in New York. In addition to Campbell, the 2017 award recipients include Hon. Bernice Bouie Donald, Hon. Lynn Nakamoto, Lauren Stiller Rikleen 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, of this year’s Brent winners. Previous honorees include U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

A co-founder of the National Women’s Law Center, Campbell has participated for more than 45 years in the development and implementation of key legislative initiatives and litigation protecting women’s rights, with an emphasis on issues affecting low-income women and their families. Her career includes involvement in three of the most important social and legal movements of our time – civil rights, rights of the poor and women’s rights.

Campbell has served as counsel in landmark litigation expanding women’s opportunities and has been a leader in securing significant legislation for women and their families. She has worked tirelessly to recruit highly qualified women lawyers for positions in the federal government and has used her connections and advocacy skills to ensure greater diversity in high government ranks.

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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