38th Annual Awards & Scholarship Dinner

This year marks the 38th Annual Awards & Scholarship Dinner. We are excited for you to join us for the dinner, themed “For our community” which is a reminder that our organization exists first and foremost to serve the members of our community. This year’s dinner will continue in the tradition of awarding scholarships to our youth and will honor the organization’s past as we look to expand our commitment to each other and our community in the future.

What: 38th Annual Awards & Scholarship Dinner

When: Saturday, November 8, 2014 – Cocktail Hour 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. & Dinner Program 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Where: Westin Gaslamp Quarter – 910 Broadway Circle, San Diego, CA 92101

Dress Code: Black Tie Optional

Purchase Tickets/Table: $130/$1,100


Keynote Speaker

Keynote speaker Paulette Brown, the first woman of color ever elected to lead the American Bar Association

Keynote speaker Paulette Brown, the first woman of color ever elected to lead the American Bar Association

Paulette Brown is a Partner and Chief Diversity Officer of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP and is a member of the Firm’s Labor & Employment Group.  Throughout her career of practicing in excess of 35 years, Paulette has held a number of positions, including in house counsel to a number of Fortune 500 companies and as a Municipal Court Judge.  For more than 25 years, she has focused her practice on labor and employment matters.  She has litigated a variety of employment matters in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies.  Paulette is also experienced in all aspects of workplace training and collective bargaining.

Paulette is a member of the American Law Institute and a member of the AAA Employment Panel.  She is a frequent lecturer on labor and employment issues.  Paulette serves as First Vice Chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Paulette was elected as president-elect of the American Bar Association at the conclusion of the 2014 American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Boston. She will serve a one-year term as president-elect before becoming American Bar Association president in August 2015, reaching new heights as the first woman of color to hold this position.  Paulette is a past President of the National Bar Association where during her tenure, she led a delegation to monitor the first free and democratic elections in South Africa.  Paulette has served on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association and on its eight member Executive Committee and Strategic Planning Committee.  Paulette is also a past President of the Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey and the YWCA of Central New Jersey.

Paulette served on the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession and co-authored the nationally acclaimed study, “Visible Invisibility: Women of Color in Law Firms”.  Paulette speaks extensively on diversity and inclusion issues and issues affecting women in the profession.  She recently received the prestigious Margaret Brent Award.

Paulette has been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the 50 Most Influential Minority Attorneys in the U.S.; by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Best Lawyers in America and by New Jersey Law Journal as one of the prominent women and minority attorneys in the State of New Jersey.  She has consistently been designated as one of New Jersey’s Super Lawyers and for the past five years, as one of the top 50 women lawyers and one of the top 100 lawyers.  She has also been recognized by the American Bar Association with its prestigious Spirit of Excellence Award and by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, with its Award of Excellence.  Paulette has also been honored by the National Bar Association with its Equal Justice Award and Gertrude Rush Award.  She was the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor from the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and now, serves on its Board of Directors.


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