Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast

Each year, to honor the memory of Dr. King, Jr. and the important contributions he made to American society and to the world, the Barristers’ seek to recognize attorneys and judges who have been leaders in the Philadelphia legal community, and who have made significant contributions to the city and the region at large through their work, dedication, and public service. The awards presented include, the Justice Juanita Kidd Stout Woman of Distinction Award, The Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, The Honorable William F. Hall Award, and the The Outstanding Organization Award (the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Outstanding Service to the Community).

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Justice Juanita Kidd Stout Woman of Distinction Award

This award is presented to an outstanding woman attorney of color, who has helped to advance the education or careers of other women of color within the legal profession and beyond. She creates new directions for women of color all while maintaining her character, poise, and professionalism. Past recipients of this award include, but are not limited to:

  • Hon. Karen Y. Simmons
  • Phoebe Haddon
  • Joanne Epps
  • Charisse R. Lillie
  • Hon. Frederica Massiah-Jackson
  • Hon. Patrice Tucker
  • Audrey Talley
  • Denise J. Smyler
  • Sheilah D. Vance
  • Carmen Lineberger
  • Stephanie L. Franklin-Suber
  • Hon. Jacqueline Allen
  • Valerie I. Harrison
  • Teresa Bryce
  • Naomi McLaurin
  • Keir Bradford-Grey
  • Carol Horne Penn
  • Hon. Sheila Woods-Skipper

The Outstanding Young Lawyer Award

This award is given to a young attorney who demonstrates competence in the practice of law and concern for his or her community. Through service, leadership or other activities, this person continually improves the perception of lawyers and exemplifies our dual role as passionate advocates and concerned citizens. Past recipients of this award include, but are not limited to:

  • Amber J. Racine
  • Deborah Robinson
  • Kassem Lucas
  • Joel C. Trotter
  • Scott Reid
  • Wadud Ahmad
  • Thomas O. Fitzpatrick
  • Adiah Ferron
  • Heather J. Austin
  • Charles M. Gibbs
  • Michael Lee

The Honorable William F. Hall Award

This award honors an attorney who has made a significant contribution in the areas of social justice, peace, education, civil rights or public health. Throughout his or her legal career, this individual has championed fairness in the application and interpretation of the law, and defends the legal rights of the most vulnerable populations with skill and diligence. Past recipients of this award include, but are not limited to:

  • Hon. Lori A. Dumas
  • Andre Dennis
  • Nelson A. Diaz
  • Hon. Mayor John F. Street
  • Nolan N. Atkinson
  • Hon. C. Darnell Jones
  • Everett A. Gillison
  • Hon. James T. Giles
  • Hon. R. Seth Williams
  • Zane D. Memeger
  • Bernard W. Smalley, Sr.
  • George R. Burrell
  • Albert S. Dandridge, III
  • Wesley R. Payne, IV

The Outstanding Organization Award

This award recognizes an organization that has identified and met the need for diversity and inclusion within the legal or business community. This organization has made exceptional efforts to ensure full and equal opportunity for entry and advancement of minorities and people of color in the legal profession and encourages other organizations in the greater Philadelphia region to do the same. Past recipients of this award include, but are not limited to:

  • The Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Booth & Tucker, LLP
  • Norris Schmidt Green Harris Higginbotham & Brown
  • Philadelphia Diversity Law Group
  • The Legal Intelligencer, Inc.
  • Stakeholders, Inc.
  • Philadelphia VIP
  • The Liacouras Committee – view the Committee’s Report
  • The Lomax Companies
  • Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia


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