July 17, 2018

Dean emeritus Cynthia E. Nance to receive ABA Margaret Brent Award

CHICAGO, July 17, 2018 – Cynthia E. Nance, dean emeritus and director of pro bono and community engagement at the University of Arkansas School of Law, is a recipient of the American Bar Association’s 2018 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.

Nance will receive the award, given annually by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, on Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago during the ABA Annual Meeting. In addition to Nance, the 2018 award recipients include Eileen Letts, Judge Consuelo B. Marshall, Tina M. Tchen and Patricia Gillette.

“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 Stephanie Scharf, chair of the ABA Commission on Women. Previous honorees include U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Nance is the eighth circuit member of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary and represents the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section in the House of Delegates. In 2012, the Arkansas Supreme Court appointed Nance to the Arkansas Judges and Lawyers Assistance Committee and she remains a member of that group.

Nance is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and was elected in November 2016 to its board of governors. She is also an elected member of the American Law Institute and The Labor Law Group, and serves on the Arkansas Advisory Committee to the United States Civil Rights Commission. Her professional work has been published on numerous occasions by the Iowa Law Review, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law and many other renowned publications.

Nance earned a bachelor’s degree from Chicago State University, a master’s degree from University of Iowa College of Business and her juris doctor from the University of Iowa College of Law.

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.

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