Amid an impressive field of entries, the Boston Bar Association announced that the 2011 winner of the BBA's prestigious Beacon Award for Diversity will be Northeastern University School of Law (NUSL). The Beacon Award recognizes exceptional leadership in creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession that has had a significant impact in Massachusetts and the Greater Boston area. That award will be presented on the evening of November 16, 2011.
“We truly had a phenomenal pool of nominees,” said Julia Cosentino, co-chair of the 2011 Beacon Award committee. There were “over 50 organizations and individuals, all taking positive steps to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. But Northeastern University School of Law's efforts and its results really made it stand out as a change agent.”
“The fact that Northeastern University School of Law fosters a culture of diversity and inclusion is itself impressive, as documented by the numbers,” said Wendell Taylor, co-chair of the 2011 Beacon Award committee. “Even more impressive is the number of Northeastern University School of Law alums making a serious commitment to replicating that culture within their own professional venues.”
The BBA's Beacon Award for Diversity was established in 2010, and the first Beacon Award was given to MassMutual.