OAKLAND, CA – The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office is pleased to announce that Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley has been selected by the American Bar Association as a 2016 recipient of the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. DA O’Malley, who has served as the District Attorney of Alameda County since 2009 and the first woman to hold that position, is now the first District Attorney in the nation to receive this prestigious award from the ABA.
The Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, established by the ABA 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.
In addition to DA O’Malley, the 2016 honorees are:
- Ginger Ehn Lew; Managing Director and General Counsel; Cube Hydro Partners LLC; Bethesda, MD
- Roberta D. Liebenberg; Senior Partner; Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C.; 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, P.C.; Washington, DC
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 fight 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.
DA O’Malley has led the charge for stronger legislative protections and increased rights for victims through her legislative work in Sacramento. Over the last ten years, her Office has obtained restitution orders of over $125 million for victims of crime in Alameda County. DA O’Malley created the Family Justice Center, pioneered an electronic notification system for victims, as well as developed HEAT (Human Exploitation and Trafficking) Watch – an anti-trafficking initiative that has become a national model. She also founded the HEAT Institute, a newly created, research-based think-tank committed to ending all forms of human trafficking in California.
“I am deeply humbled and grateful to receive this award,” says DA O’Malley. “I am thrilled to join such a stellar group of inspiring and trailblazing women advocates.”
Past Margaret Brent Award recipients include US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in 2000, Secretary Hillary Clinton in 2005, the Honorable Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California, in 2012, and Therese Stewart, now Justice of the California Court of Appeal, in 2013.
An award ceremony will take place at the American Bar Association’s Annual meeting in San Francisco on Sunday, August 7, 2016 at noon. For tickets and additional information about the award, including a full list of previous recipients, please visit: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/women/initiatives_awards/margaret_brent_awards.html