of Leicester graduate Peter Herbert, barrister of law in the London-based
Chambers of Michael Mansfield, Q.C., will receive a 2002 Spirit of Excellence
Award from the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic
Diversity in the Profession. The award
will be presented February 2 at a luncheon at the Philadelphia Marriott during
the ABA Midyear Meeting.
Spirit of Excellence Awards are presented annually to honour minority lawyers
who have demonstrated outstanding achievement, despite facing societal barriers
to success, and other lawyers who have helped to create opportunities for
minority advancement in the profession.
Herbert is renowned as one of the United Kingdom's foremost advocates for human
rights and racial justice," said Charisse R Lillie, chair of the ABA
commission. "He is widely hailed as
the driving force in placing race issues on the agendas of professional
organizations such as the Bar Council and the Law Society and key governmental
institutions such as the Crown Prosecution Service and the Lord Chancellor's
Department. Throughout his career, he has
been well known for his support of families and victims of race-based
graduating with honours from the University of Leicester in 1982, Herbert
represented clients in criminal and family cases. Since the early 1980s, his career has focused on legal issues
involving children, criminal law and employment discrimination.
has chaired or served on numerous professional committees addressing race
relations in the British legal system. He
has been executive chair of the Society of Black Lawyers since 1984, and is a
former member of the Bar Race Relations Committee and the Judicial Studies Board
Ethnic Minorities Committee. He
received the 1998 Human Rights Award from the National Bar Association, a
predominantly African-American bar association in the United States.
balancing his case responsibilities and involvement in committees, Herbert also
has performed a wide-range of pro-bono legal services and served as a mentor to
law students. He demonstrated a
commitment to helping the causes of black and asian students during the formal
investigative inquiry into equal opportunities at the Inns of Court School of
Law in 1990. He served as deputy
chair of Metropolitan Policy Authority in 2000.
American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the
Profession is a catalyst to change the legal profession to reflect the society
it serves. It helps racially and
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