Thomas L. Sager Awards

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Award Description

The Sager Award is given to law firms that have demonstrated sustained commitment to improve the hiring, retention and promotion of minority attorneys. Each law firm recipient of the Sager Award will be profiled in Diversity & the Bar magazine, the official magazine of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association ("MCCA") published in conjunction with American Lawyer Media and distributed, on a quarterly basis, as an insert to Corporate Counsel Magazine to 30,000 members of the legal community nationwide.

For more information contact David Chu, Director of Membership and Development at 202.739.5906 or via email at

Selection Criteria

In addition to the statistical data that is set forth in the nomination application, the Board of Director’s will examine such areas as:

  • Recruitment
  • Retention 
  • Mentoring 
  • Promotion 
  • Pipeline Initiatives
  • LGBT Initiatives
  • Women Initiatives
  • Work-Life balance
  • Collaborative efforts with community and bar associations 
  • Innovative practices that result in sustainable efforts to increase diversity


  1. Thomas L. Sager is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel at DuPont. 
  2. For the purposes of this award, "minority" includes attorneys who are members of an ethnic minority.

Thomas L. Sager Award Mid-Atlantic Region Winner

Congratulations to Beveridge & Diamond PC for winning the 2013 Sager Award for the
Mid-Atlantic Region.

Beveridge & Diamond’s 100 lawyers in 7 offices across the U.S. focus on environmental and natural resource law, litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. The Firm helps clients around the world resolve critical environmental and sustainability issues relating to their facilities, products, and operations. The Firm values diversity and inclusion, and strives to demonstrate leadership and innovation in these areas.  The Firm develops, maintains, and participates in a variety of diversity and inclusion initiatives involving lawyers, staff, and clients.

Thomas L. Sager Award Midwest Region Winner

Congratulations to Seyfarth Shaw for winning the 2013 Sager Award for the Midwest Region.

Seyfarth Shaw is leading the way to deliver legal services more effectively, more efficiently, more transparently. Seyfarth provides thoughtful, strategic, practical legal counsel to client companies and legal teams of all sizes, with more than 800 attorneys in the U.S. in London and, soon, in Shanghai. The firm has gained acclaim for its innovative SeyfarthLean client service model. It has been recognized as ‘Best of the Best’ for client service in the 2012 BTI Consulting Group's Client Service report. Seyfarth also has also gained honors as one of the top 10 “Best Law Firms for Women” by NAFE/Working Mother and one of the “Best Places to Work” by the Human Rights Campaign in its Corporate Equality Index.

Thomas L. Sager Award West Region Winner

Congratulations to Reed Smith LLP for winning MCCA's 2013 Sager Award for the West Region.

Reed Smith is a global relationship law firm with more than 1,700 lawyers in 25 offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Founded in 1877, the firm represents leading international businesses, from Fortune 100 corporations to mid-market and emerging enterprises. Its lawyers provide litigation and other dispute resolution services in multi-jurisdictional and other high-stakes matters; deliver regulatory counsel; and execute the full range of strategic domestic and cross-border transactions. Reed Smith is a preeminent advisor to industries including financial services, life sciences, health care, advertising, technology and media, shipping, energy and natural resources, real estate, manufacturing, and education. For more information, visit


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