Lifetime Achievement Award
The MCCA Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded to an individual who has made significant advancements in engendering a society that fully appreciates, celebrates, and recognizes the value of diversity. Awardees are trailblazers whose personal and/or professional paths have helped to affect change in our society and inspire others. While not limited to the legal profession, awardees display values and commitments in line with the MCCA mission.
2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree
The 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to David Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, at the MCCA Diversity Gala on October 4, 2017 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
David L. Cohen is Senior Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation and is the Company’s Chief Diversity Officer. David has a broad portfolio of responsibilities, including corporate communications, government and regulatory affairs, public affairs, legal affairs, corporate administration, and community investment. He also serves as senior counselor to the CEO. Before joining Comcast in July of 2002, David served as a partner in and Chairman of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, one of the 100 largest law firms in the country.
2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree
The 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at the MCCA Diversity Gala on July 19, 2016 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Holder is the first African-American to serve as U.S. Attorney General and the third-longest serving attorney general in U.S. history. Under his leadership, the U.S. Department of Justice protected the American people from acts of terrorism; prosecuted perpetrators of heinous crimes; and restored its antitrust, civil rights, and environment and natural resources divisions to their historical missions. As attorney general and previously as deputy attorney general under President Bill Clinton, Mr. Holder instituted department-wide policies that made staff diversity a priority.