Thomas L. Sager Award
The Thomas L. Sager Award is presented to large Am Law 200 law firms (500+ attorneys) that have demonstrated a sustained commitment to improving the hiring, retention and promotion of diverse attorneys. The award highlights MCCA’s continued commitment to magnifying the national visibility of diversity and inclusion champions in the industry. Law firms with less than 500 attorneys will have an opportunity to apply for the George B. Vashon Innovator Award, and will be recognized at the Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference on October 3, 2017.
MCCA has selected three 2017 national finalists: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Proskauer LLP. Each finalists will have an opportunity to showcase their diversity and inclusion efforts in a 90 second video, to be shown at the MCCA Diversity Gala at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The three finalists will also be profiled in Diversity & the Bar ® magazine, the official magazine of the MCCA. The winner will be announced at the Gala, where more than 1,000 people are expected to attend including over 500 in-house lawyers. The award will be presented to the winning firm’s Managing Partner or Firm Chair who will accept on behalf of the firm.
Applications will no longer be accepted. The deadline for submissions was April 30, 2017.
About Thomas L. Sager
For more than two decades, DuPont has worked to achieve a stronger, more equitable balance of race, ethnicity and gender throughout the organization. Like environmental stewardship or on-the-job safety, the company has made diversity a corporate value — and driven it into every segment of its operation, from recruiting to training to professional development.
In DuPont’s legal department, Senior Vice President and General Counsel Tom Sager is a driving force for improving the hiring, retention, promotion, and involvement of minorities and women. Sager helped pioneer DuPont’s Convergence and Law Firm Partnering Program and continues oversight of the program today. Through his leadership, the DuPont Legal Model has received national acclaim for infusing business principles into the practice of law.
2017 National Finalists
2016 National Finalists
MCCA is proud to honor and distinguish firms that tried something new and succeeded, whether in recruitment and retention, mentoring, pipeline initiatives, LGBT initiatives, or client inclusion feedback. Click here to view the complete list of our past Thomas L. Sager Award honorees.