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August 01, 2022

Red Bee principal Wendy Shiba to receive 2022 ABA Margaret Brent Award

CHICAGO, August 1, 2022 — Wendy Shiba, principal at The Red Bee Group in Chicago, is a recipient of the American Bar Association’s 2022 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.

Shiba will receive the award, given annually by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, at a ceremony and reception at 3-5:30 p.m. CDT Sunday, August 7, at the Swissotel Chicago during the 2022 ABA Annual Meeting.

In addition to Shiba, the 2022 award recipients include Michele Goodwin, Christina L. Martini, Laura J. Schumacher and Myra C. Selby.

“We are honored to recognize this spectacular group of women who have been trailblazers throughout their careers,”  said Maureen Mulligan, chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. “They are role models for all women in the legal profession.”

Shiba is a retired corporate attorney who served in C-level executive positions for three NYSE-listed companies, including executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of KB Home; senior vice president, chief legal officer and secretary of PolyOne Corporation; and vice president, secretary and assistant general counsel of Bowater Incorporated.

Earlier in her career, Shiba was corporate chair of the City of Philadelphia law department, a tenured associate law professor at Temple University School of Law, in private practice with O’Melveny & Myers and a law clerk to Justice Stanley Mosk on the Supreme Court of California.

Shiba is a member of the ABA House of Delegates, the Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services and is vice chair of the Committee on Rights of Women in the ABA Section on Civil Rights and Social Justice. She previously served on the board of directors of the ABA’s Rule of Law Initiative and the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, where she chaired the Women of Color Research Initiative, as well as the ABA Presidential Diversity & Inclusion 360 Commission.

Shiba is a past president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and a co-founder of the Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy. She serves on the board of trustees for the Japanese American National Museum and has held board and leadership positions with numerous professional and nonprofit organizations.

She has been honored with several national awards for her professional excellence, leadership and impact in diversity, equity and inclusion, including the Warren Christopher Values Award from O’Melveny & Myers, ABA TIPS Liberty Achievement Award, ABA Spirit of Excellence Award, Corporate Counsel Women of Color’s Diamond Award, NAPABA Trailblazer Award and the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award. Shiba earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and her law degree from Temple University School of Law.

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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.

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.