On the heels of being recognized in January as the Top Law Firm for Hispanic Americans by MultiCultural Law magazine, Akerman Senterfitt was presented last month with the Thomas L. Sager Award by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), along with the MCCA's two corporate honorees, Wal-Mart and Mary Kay, as employers of choice.
The Award is presented to the law firm that has demonstrated and sustained the highest commitment to improving the hiring, retention and promotion of minority and women attorneys. As the Award recipient for the South/Southwest Region, the firm will also be profiled in Diversity & the Bar, MCCA's official magazine.
Akerman Senterfitt maintains an active Diversity Committee chaired by Joseph W. Hatchett, former chief judge of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, who was recently inducted into the National Bar Association's Hall of Fame. Mr. Hatchett was the first African American appointed to the highest court of a state since Reconstruction, the first African American to serve on the Florida Supreme Court, the first African American to serve as a chief judge of a federal appellate court in the southern United States, and the first African American elected to any public office in a statewide election in the South.