M. Ashley Dickerson Diversity Award Recipients

    Named after trailblazer Mahala Ashley Dickerson, NAWL’s first African-American President (1984-85), this award is presented to a lawyer who has promoted and advanced diversity in the legal profession. 

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    2017

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    Hon. Wilhelmina M. Wright
    Judge for the U.S. District Court for
    the District of Minnesota

    2016

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    Sheri Lynn Johnson
    Associate Dean for Public Engagement 
    and the James and Mark Flanagan
    Professor of Law
    Cornell Law School

    2015

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    JoAnne A. Epps
    Dean
    Temple Law School

    2014

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    Kim M. Keenan
    General Counsel,
    National Association for the
    Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

    2013

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    Veta T. Richardson
    President & CEO,
    Association of Corporate Counsel

    2012

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    Leslie M. Turner
    Senior VP & General Counsel,
    The Hershey Company

    2011

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    Michele Coleman Mayes

    Senior Vice President and General Counsel,
    Allstate Insurance Company

    2010

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    Debra Lee
    Chairman and CEO,
    BET Networks

    2009

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    Holly Fujie
    President,
    California Bar Association

    2008

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    Suzanne B. Goldberg
    Professor,
    Columbia Law School

    2008

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    Hon. Deborah A. Batts
    U.S. District Judge,
    Southern District of New York

    2007

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    Laurie N. Robinson
    Assistant General Counsel
    CBS Broadcasting


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    Veta T. Richardson President & CEO, Association of Corporate Counsel

    National Association of Women Lawyers®

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