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Annual Awards & Scholarship Gala

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Since 1976, in honor of the significant contribution of Black attorneys dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, justice, equal opportunity and positive change, The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, Inc. has held an annual dinner to celebrate up-and-coming law students, practicing attorneys and jurists who embody professionalism, dedication to the profession as well as a commitment to the Black Philadelphia legal community and public communities.

The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia honors deserving local law students with scholarships, and select awards are presented to outstanding legal professionals. The awards presented include: the J. Austin Norris Award, the Cecil B. Moore Award, and The Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Award.

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Past Award Recipients

J. Austin Norris Award

In recognition of J. Austin Norris’ focus on improving the position of Blacks in the Philadelphia legal community and community, the Barristers’ Association presents this award to an attorney of color who has demonstrated distinguished service to the Barristers’, the legal profession and the community at large.

Past recipients of this award include, but are not limited to:

Vernon L. Francis
Kenneth Murphy
The Honorable Curtis C. Carson, Jr.
The Honorable William F. Hall, Jr.
The Honorable Eugene H. Clarke, Jr
Cecil B. Moore (posthumously)
Susan Borden
The Honorable Robert N. C. Nix, Jr.
William T. Coleman
Ronald J. Harper
The Honorable Doris A. Smith-Ribner
Bernard Lee
Denise Smyler
Danielle Banks
Rhonda Hill Wilson
Scott Reid, Esquire
Prince Altee Thomas, Esquire

The Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Award

Created in 1993 and first presented to The Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., this award celebrates Judge Higginbotham’s contributions to the legal profession and our society. The Barristers’ Association honors an individual who possesses the qualities that exemplify Judge Higginbotham’s career, professional excellence, scholarship and commitment to social justice.

Past recipients of this award include, but are not limited to:

The Honorable Gregory E. Smith
The Honorable Karen Simmons
The Honorable Robert N. C. Nix, Jr.
The Honorable Doris A. Smith-Ribner
Raymond A. Brown
Justice Juanita Kidd Stout
The Honorable Sheila Woods-Skipper
The Honorable Renee Hughes
The Honorable Petrese B. Tucker
The Honorable J. Curtis Joyner
The Honorable Kathryn Streeter–Lewis
The Honorable Lillian Harris Ransom

Cecil B. Moore Award

As an homage to Cecil B. Moore’s innumerable contributions to the Black community, the Barristers’ Association presents this award to an individual or organization who embodies selfless service to the community.

Past recipients of this award include, but are not limited to:

American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania
Thurgood Matthews
Black United Front
The Honorable David P. Richardson
Guardian Civic League
John Green
Dr. Bernard Watson
Rev. Dr. Leon Sullivan
Julius Winfield Erving, II
The Honorable Carol Ann Campbell
Roberta West
Harriet Tubman House
YMCA – West Philadelphia Branch
Leigh Skipper
Charles Cunningham
The Philadelphia NAACP
Michael Coard, Esq.
Pennsylvania Innocence Project

Inaugural JoAnne Epps Award

JoAnne A. Epps

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