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 celebrated its 5th Annual Awards Dinner and Colloquium, where we hosted over 150 leading law firm partners, general counsel, business leaders, and others special guests. The theme of this year’s Awards Dinner and Colloquium was: The Transformative Role of Lawyers: Increasing Influence in Business, Government and Society.



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Previous Awards Dinners and Colloquiums

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


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.


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


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


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