Julius L. Chambers Diversity Champion Award
The Julius Chambers Diversity Champion Award is presented each year by the Mecklenburg County Bar through its Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Its purpose is to recognize an attorney who champions diversity and inclusion in the Charlotte area while embodying high ethical standards, unquestioned integrity and consistent competence. Nominations are due on or before Friday, October 31, 2016 and should be addressed to members of the MCB Diversity & Inclusion Committee, sent to ChambersAward@meckbar.org or 2850 Zebulon Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28208. The award will be presented to the selected recipient at the McMillan Fund Fellowship Dinner in February 2017.
Nominees must be attorneys based in Mecklenburg County who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and impact in the following areas"
Diversity within the Bar - through facilitation of recruitment, hiring, retention and promotion of diverse individuals in the legal profession.
Community Service - through provision of outstanding service and education to the community about diversity and inclusion.
Ambassador for Diversity and Inclusion Programs - through promotion of behaviors and initatives associated with diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and through the Mecklenburg County Bar
Advancement in Law - through legal work that had embraced and propelled the ideal of diversity and inclusion.
The Award is fittingly named after its first honoree, the distinguished civil rights attorney Julius L. Chambers. Mr. Chambers represented the plaintiffs in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school desegregation case Swann v. Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education.
Julius L. Chambers Diversity Award Winners
Julius L. Chambers - 2008
George V. Hanna III - 2009
Judge Clifton E. Johnson - 2010
James E. Ferguson II - 2011
Judge Rickye McKoy-Mitchell - 2012
Georgia J. Lewis - 2013
Elisa Chinn-Gary - 2014
Robert E. Harrington - 2015
Connie J. Vetter - 2016