DA Accepts Prestigous Award from American Bar Association

At a ceremonial lunch at the American Bar Association’s Annual meeting in San Francisco on August 7, 2016, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley accepted the 2016 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.

The award, established by the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession in 1991, recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women lawyers who have excelled in their field and have paved the way to success for other women lawyers. Honorees receiving the Margaret Brent Award have achieved professional excellence in their field and influenced other woman to pursue legal careers, opened doors for women lawyers in a variety of job settings that historically were closed to them, and/or advanced opportunities for women within a practice area or segment of the profession.

DA O’Malley, who has served as the District Attorney of Alameda County since 2009 and is the first woman to hold that position, is now the first District Attorney in the nation to receive this prestigious award from the ABA. She now stands alongside other prominent past recipients of the award such as Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.

At the luncheon, DA O’Malley shared the stage with four other recipients of this Award who have led accomplished and diverse careers within the law:

  • Ginger Ehn Lew: Managing Director and General Counsel, Cube Hydro Partners LLC (Bethesda, MD)
  • Roberta D. Liebenberg: Senior Partner, Fine Kaplan & Black RPC (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Judith W. Rogers: Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (Washington, DC)
  • Judith A. Scott: General Counsel, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and Senior Partner, James & Hoffman, PC (Washington, DC)

“To receive this award is a tremendous honor and I am proud to share it with such accomplished and incredibly dedicated women as my fellow recipients," said District Attorney O’Malley. "I am very grateful to the American Bar Association and the Commission on Women in the Profession for this recognition."

DA O’Malley is a nationally recognized expert in human trafficking, sexual assault, and domestic violence and a leading advocate in the field of prosecutorial ethics. She is known for her many innovative programs, including those to combating human trafficking, real estate fraud, elder and child abuse, prescription drug fraud, chronic absenteeism, sexual assault, domestic violence, ID Theft, and environmental violations, as well as creating a project to eliminate the backlog of rape kits in Alameda County and beyond.

Watch DA O’Malley’s acceptance speech. Read more about the award from the American Bar Association.

Posted on Aug 10, 2016