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July 29, 2021

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to receive 2021 ABA Margaret Brent Award

CHICAGO, July 29, 2021 – Ellen Rosenblum, attorney general of Oregon, is a recipient of the American Bar Association’s 2021 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.

Rosenblum will receive the award, given annually by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, at a virtual ceremony at 4 p.m. CDT Thursday, Aug. 5 during the 2021 ABA Hybrid Annual Meeting

In addition to Rosenblum, the 2021 award recipients include Irma Gonzalez, Joan Haratani, Joyce Hughes and Pamela Karlan.

“These five distinguished women are role models for all women in the legal profession. We honor their achievements and look forward to celebrating with them at the virtual 2021 Margaret Brent Awards ceremony,” said Maureen Mulligan, chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.

Rosenblum is serving her third term as Oregon attorney general, having first been elected in 2012. She is the first woman to hold this post in Oregon history. Throughout her time as attorney general, Rosenblum has been on the frontlines defending Oregonians’ civil rights, advocating for the most vulnerable and holding powerful actors accountable.

Before she was elected attorney general, Rosenblum had a lengthy legal and judicial career in private practice, as a federal prosecutor and as a state trial and appellate court judge. She has held numerous leadership roles with attorneys general and lawyer organizations, including serving as co-chair of the Democratic Attorneys General Association, chair of the Conference of Western Attorneys General, ABA secretary and chair of the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law.

Rosenblum is a founding member of several women lawyer organizations in Oregon, including Oregon Women Lawyers, as well as the first Oregon bar committee on the subject of combining family and career. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her mentoring, leadership and professionalism. Rosenblum earned her bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of Oregon.

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 other women in the profession. 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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