5th Annual Awards Dinner

The Transformative Role of Lawyers: Increasing Influence in Business, Government and Society

Each year, the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession brings together members of the legal community to share our empirical research and to honor those whose achievements have contributed to building a stronger legal profession. The Center’s empirical research forms the heart of our dinners – research that underpins the event’s content and is central to the lives of the honorees. It is this combination of substance and celebration that makes these events truly memorable.

This year the Center is celebrating its 5th Annual Awards Dinner and Colloquium. The theme of this year’s Awards Dinner and Colloquium is: The Transformative Role of Lawyers: Increasing Influence in Business, Government and Society.

You can learn more about the Awards Dinner and Colloquium, including honorees and sponsorship opportunities, in the sections below and on our official invitation. Should have you have questions, please reach out to Derek Davis at ddavis@law.harvard.edu.

Awards Dinner

Our Award Dinner will follow directly after our Colloquium, beginning with cocktails (6:30PM) in the New-York Historical Society Library’s Gallery of Tiffany Lamps and running through dinner and an awards presentations in the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library. The theme of this year’s Awards Dinner is The Transformative Role of Lawyers: Increasing Influence in Business, Government and Society.

As in previous years, the Awards dinner will provide our guests with an opportunity to learn about the Center’s research and the transformative impact lawyers are having within their own organizations, their communities, and the world at large. Additionally, our guests will enjoy networking with legal professionals, business-leaders, and academics from around the world all while celebrating a group of outstanding leaders in the profession. Finally, we are confident that our guests will take away lessons that they can apply in their individual roles as well as members of the larger legal profession.

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Colloquium and VIP Reception

Directly before the Awards Dinner, from 5:00PM-6:30PM, the Center will host a Colloquium at the New-York Historical Society Library’s Dexter Hall. The Colloquium’s theme mirrors that of the Awards Dinner, focusing on the transformative role of lawyers in business, government and society. Through a leadership panel headlined by Dinner Awardees and other senior-level participants, we will engage in an in-depth, substantive discussion on why lawyers are increasingly being tasked with leading their organizations’ responses to some of the most fundamental societal issues of our time—issues such as sustainability, privacy, poverty, economic opportunity, corruption, and education. There will be ample time for audience participation in this high-level event. Please note that, admission to our Colloquium is limited and based on sponsorship level (see “Sponsorship Opportunities” section below).

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Award for Global Leadership

Award for Global Leadership

Kenneth C. Frazier
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Merck & Co., Inc.

 

Kenneth C. Frazier is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Merck & Co., Inc. Under Mr. Frazier’s leadership, Merck is delivering innovative lifesaving medicines and vaccines as well as long-term and sustainable value to its multiple stakeholders. Mr. Frazier has substantially increased Merck’s investment in research, including early research, while refocusing the organization on the launch and growth of key products that provide benefit to society. He has also led the formation of philanthropic and other initiatives that build on Merck’s 125-year plus legacy.

Mr. Frazier joined the company in 1992 as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the company’s joint venture with Astra AB. He became Vice President of Public Affairs in 1994, and in 1997, was also named Assistant General Counsel. In 1999, Mr. Frazier was promoted to General Counsel of Merck. From 2007 to 2010, he served as President of Global Human Health, Merck’s sales and marketing division. In 2010, Mr. Frazier became President of Merck.

He was appointed CEO and a member of Merck’s Board of Directors in January 2011 and became Chairman of the Board in December 2011.

Prior to joining Merck, Mr. Frazier was a partner with the Philadelphia law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath. He sits on the boards of PhRMA, Weill Cornell Medicine, Exxon Mobil Corporation, and Cornerstone Christian Academy in Philadelphia, PA. He also is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Business Council, the Council of the American Law Institute, and the American Bar Association.

Mr. Frazier received his bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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Award for Professional Excellence

Award for Professional Excellence

Amy Weaver
President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary
Salesforce

 

Amy Weaver leads the legal, compliance, internal audit, security and government affairs teams at Salesforce. She is a member of the company’s executive committee.

Prior to joining Salesforce, Weaver was executive vice president and general counsel of Univar Inc., where she was responsible globally for all legal and corporate affairs, governance, corporate transactions, compliance, litigation and employment law matters. Previously Weaver was senior vice president and deputy general counsel at Expedia, Inc. Weaver practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and at Perkins Coie LLP. Prior to entering private practice, she served as a legislative aide to a member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council and as a clerk on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Weaver has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Wellesley College.

 

Lewis B. Kaden
Vice-Chairman (retired), Citigroup
Distinguished Senior Fellow, HLS Center on the Legal Profession

 

Lewis B. Kaden is a distinguished senior fellow and member of the advisory board at the HLS Center on the Legal Profession. In early 2013, Kaden retired from Citigroup as Vice Chairman, a position he held since 2005. At Citi, he had responsibilities for many global functions and was a member of the Executive and Management Committees. He also served as Chairman of Citi’s Public Sector Clients Group, Chairman of the Business Practices Committee and Chairman of the Citi Foundation. Prior to joining Citigroup, Kaden was a Partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell, where his practice included corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and advocacy before appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court. He regularly advised directors and senior management of major corporations. Kaden joined the law firm as counsel in 1982, while he was Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law and Economic Studies at Columbia University.

Kaden serves as Lead Independent Director of ArcelorMittal. He also serves on the Boards of Trustees of the Asia Society, where he is Vice Chairman, and of the Century Foundation, and Human Rights First. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Kaden served as Chairman of the United States Government Overseas Presence Advisory Panel from 1999 to 2000, and of the Industrial Cooperation Council of the State of New York. From 1987 to 1992, he was Chairman of Governor Mario Cuomo’s Commission on Competitiveness.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Crimson Sponsor – $50,000

  • Two (2) tables of ten (10) at the Awards Dinner (VIP location)
  • Ten (10) guests at the Colloquium
  • Crimson-level recognition at the Colloquium and the Awards Dinner as well as on the Center’s website
  • Institutional subscription (all members of your organization) to the Center’s digital publication, The Practice ($1,495 value)

Platinum Sponsor – $25,000

  • One (1) table of ten (10) at the Awards Dinner (VIP location)
  • Eight (8) guests at the Colloquium
  • Platinum-level recognition at the Colloquium and the Awards Dinner as well as on the Center’s website
  • Institutional subscription (all members of your organization) to the Center’s digital publication, The Practice ($1,495 value)

Gold Sponsor – $15,000

  • One (1) table of ten (10) at the Awards Dinner
  • Two (2) guests at the Colloquium
  • Gold-level recognition at the Awards Dinner as well as on the Center’s website
  • Institutional subscription (all members of your organization) to the Center’s digital publication, The Practice ($1,495 value)

Silver Sponsor – $10,000

  • Five (5) guests at the Awards Dinner
  • One (1) guest at the Colloquium
  • Silver-level recognition at the Awards Dinner as well as on the Center’s website
  • Institutional subscription (all members of your organization) to the Center’s digital publication, The Practice (a $1,495 value)

To learn more and or sponsor, please reach out to Derek Davis at ddavis@law.harvard.edu or 617-496-6151.

Sponsorship supports the world-class, empirical research performed by the Center on the Legal Profession. The Center receives no financial support from Harvard Law School and is fully dependent on the generous philanthropic support of those that believe in our mission.

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Previous Awards Dinners and Colloquiums

Learn more about our previous dinners, click here. Download a retrospective here.

2018

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.

2017

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

2016

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

2015

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 HynesSenior Counsel, Dentons
Roberta Cooper Ramo, Partner, Modrall Sperling; President, American Law Institute
Regina Pisa, Chairman Emeritus and Partner, Goodwin Procter

 

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