Paulette Brown, partner and Chief Diversity Officer at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, will be the keynote speaker and launch this year’s Donahue Lecture Series on November 5, 2014, at 4 p.m. in the large moot court room.

Brown is past president of the National Bar Association. During her tenure, she led a delegation to monitor the first free and democratic elections in South Africa. Throughout her career of more than 35 years, she has held a number of positions, including service as in-house counsel to a number of Fortune 500 companies and as a Municipal Court Judge.

She will be the first woman of color serving as president of the American Bar Association when she takes on that role in 2015. She was the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor from the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and now serves on its Board of Directors.

Brown served on the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession and co-authored the nationally acclaimed study, “Visible Invisibility: Women of Color in Law Firms.” She speaks extensively on diversity and inclusion issues and issues affecting women in the profession. She recently received the ABA’s prestigious Margaret Brent and Spirit of Excellence awards.

Brown has been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of “The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America.” Additionally, she has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Lawyers in America, and by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of the most prominent women and minority attorneys in the state.

She has been recognized by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, with its Award of Excellence, and she received the National Bar Association’s Equal Justice and Gertrude Rush Awards.

The Donahue Lectures are sponsored by the Suffolk University Law Review.