|September 10, 2014 | By admin|
Last month, the American Bar Association elected Paulette Brown as its new President. She became the first black woman elected to lead the 400,000-member ABA, which, until 1943, did not allow African-Americans to join. In her new role, Brown will continue promoting more women and minorities to enter the workplace.
In the law profession, only 7% of partners are people of color and the number of female associates dwindled for the past five years. With Brown taking the reins of ABA, she will raise awareness about implicit bias in law offices, the legal system, and American society.
During the association’s 2014 midyear meeting in February, she addressed the ABA House of Delegates. “When an organization includes everyone, it becomes stronger,” she said. “There are a lot of important issues facing lawyers today, and it is my goal to make sure that the ABA is the go-to organization for all lawyers everywhere.”
Brown serves as a member and chief diversity officer at Edwards Wildman Palmer in Morristown, New Jersey. In 2007, she received the Spirit of Excellence Award from the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. She also received the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award in 2011 from the Commission on Women in the Profession.
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