Awards Dinners

Each year the Center brings together leading academics, legal practitioners, and thought leaders to honor and recognize individuals whose achievements have been impactful to the legal profession.  Each dinner is underpinned by the Center’s empirical research—research that provides the theme each year’s event.

Our 2015 theme was “Women as Lawyers and as Leaders,” our 2016 theme “The Changing Role of the Global General Counsel,” our 2017 theme “A Celebration of the History of Black Lawyers,” and our 2018 theme “Innovation and the Future of Work.”

Innovation and the Future of Work
Gallery 308
San Francisco, CA
June 14, 2017

Award for Global Leadership:
Katherine Adams, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Apple Inc.

Award for Professional Excellence:
Mark Harris, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Axiom Global, Inc.
Kim Rivera, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, HP Inc.

 

 

 

 

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A Celebration of the History of Black Lawyers
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Washington, D.C.
June 5, 2017

Award for Global Leadership:
Vernon Jordan, Senior Managing Director, Lazard Frères & Co.

Award for Professional Excellence:
Kenneth I. Chenault, CEO and Chairman, American Express
Sherrilyn Ifill, President & Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Hon. Robert Wilkins,
U.S. Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

 

 

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The Changing Role of the Global General Counsel
Lincoln Center
New York, New York
May 10, 2016

Award for Global Leadership:
Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft

Award for Professional Excellence:
Sabine Chalmers, Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer and Company Secretary, Anheuser-Busch InBev
Bharat Vasani, Chief Legal and Group General Counsel, Tata Group
Brackett Denniston, Former SVP and General Counsel, General Electric

 

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Women as Lawyers and Leaders
Lincoln Center
New York, New York
May 12, 2015

Award for Global Leadership:
Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

Award for Professional Excellence:
Mary Ann Hynes, Senior Counsel, Dentons
Roberta Cooper Ramo, Partner, Modrall Sperling; President, American Law Institute
Regina Pisa, Chairman Emeritus and Partner, Goodwin Procter

 

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