ABA honors 5 trailblazing women with Margaret Brent Awards

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ABA honors 5 trailblazing women with Margaret Brent Awards

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The Commission on Women in the Profession will honor five women whose careers cover every corner of the legal profession at its first live Margaret Brent Awards ceremony since 2019.

The commission established the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers Achievement Award in 1991 to recognize women lawyers for excelling in their field and paving the way for other women. The award is named after Margaret Brent, who arrived in the colonies in 1638 and is recognized as the first woman lawyer in North America.

“We are honored to recognize this spectacular group of women who have been trailblazers throughout their careers,” said Maureen Mulligan, president of the Commission for Women in the Profession, at a Press release. “They are role models for all women in the legal profession and we look forward to celebrating with them in person.”

The Margaret Brent Awards ceremony kicks off at 3 p.m. Sunday as part of the 2022 ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago. The event was last held in person during the 2019 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco; the ceremonies were virtual in 2020 and 2021.

Tickets can be purchased when register for the 2022 ABA Annual Meeting.


michele goodwin

michele goodwin

Laguna Beach, Calif.

Goodwin is Regents Professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law and founding director of its Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy. She is also a full professor at Harvard Medical School and a presenter for Ms. On the problems with Michele Goodwin podcast. He helped shape the field of health law, directing the first ABA-accredited health law program in the country; and established the first law center focused on race and bioethics.

He served as a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Problems in Organ Donor Intervention Research. She was appointed an observer by the Uniform Law Commission for the revision of the Uniform Anatomical Gifts Law and became the first woman to be elected Secretary General of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health. She graduated from Boston University School of Law.

cristina martini

Cristina L. Martini


Martini is the global head of McDermott Will & Emery’s trademark litigation and prosecution practice. He focuses on national and international trademark and copyright law, as well as domain names, the Internet, social media, advertising, unfair competition, and entertainment law. He is a member of the Racial and Ethnic Diversity Committee and the Gender Diversity Committee of his company. She is also a co-host of the WGN Radio show. legal face to face and host and producer of the legal podcast Paradigm shift.

She is a co-founder and member of the executive board of Hispanic Majority, an organization that supports the next generation of Latino leaders. She is also a member of the Chicago board of the Coalition of Women in Law Initiatives and previously served on the board of directors of the Better Government Association. She has co-chaired the International Trademark Association’s Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court competition for the Midwest region. She graduated from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

Laura Schumacher

Laura J Schumacher

North of Chicago, Illinois

Schumacher, as vice president of external affairs and chief legal officer of biopharmaceutical company AbbVie, is responsible for business development, legal and government affairs, health economics outcomes research, brand and communications, and corporate responsibility. Before AbbVie was spun off from Abbott, a multinational health care company also located near Chicago, she served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. She has led business development and early-stage projects and collaborations at both companies.

He helped create the AbbVie Foundation, whose goal is to strengthen communities through philanthropy and matches employee donations to global nonprofit organizations. She is a member of the board of trustees of Ronald McDonald House Charities. He is also a member of the board of directors of General Dynamics Corp., a global aerospace and defense company; and CrowdStrike Holdings, a cybersecurity technology company. He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Myra Selby

Myra C Selby


Selby was the first woman and the first African American to serve as an Associate Justice on the Indiana Supreme Court. While serving on the court from 1995 to 1999, she authored more than 100 majority opinions and was appointed to chair its Commission on Racial and Gender Equity. Now a partner at Ice Miller, she focuses her practice on internal corporate investigations, appellate matters, compliance advice, complex litigation, risk management, and strategic and other legal advice.

She is the immediate past chair of the ABA’s Dispute Resolution Section. She is the current chair of the Indiana Supreme Court’s Commission on Racial and Gender Equity and a former member of its Commission on Equity and Access in the Justice System. She previously served as director of health policy for the state of Indiana and was recently elected to the American Health Law Association Fellows class. She graduated from the University of Michigan Law School.

wendy shiba

wendy shiba

Altadena, Calif.

Shiba, a director of Red Bee Group, previously served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of KB Home. She also served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for PolyOne Corp.; and as Vice President, Secretary and Deputy General Counsel of Bowater Inc. she led compliance and risk management; Health and security; and government and public affairs, among other areas, in these roles.

Shiba is a member of the ABA House of Delegates and the Standing Committee on Activities and Services of the Bar Association. She serves as Vice Chair of the Civil Rights and Social Justice Section of the Committee on Women’s Rights. She is past president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and co-founder of the Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy, a joint initiative of the ABA, NAPABA, and several other bar associations. She is a graduate of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.

See also:

ABAJournal.com: “Meet the 2021 Margaret Brent Award Laureates”

ABAJournal.com: “Meet the 2020 Margaret Brent Award Laureates”

ABAJournal.com: “ABA honors 5 women for their service to the legal profession”

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