Michael H. Reed, special counsel in the Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton, will be honored with the A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award during the 28th Annual Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Minority Attorney Conference.
The conference takes place March 17–18 in Philadelphia and is organized by the PBA’s Minority Bar Committee. Philadelphia attorney Tsiwen Law will present the award to Mr. Reed during the March 18 luncheon.
The A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the accomplishments of a lawyer or judge who has demonstrated dedication to the legal profession and the minority community through civil, community or legal service. Higginbotham, who died in 1998, was a civic leader, author, academic and federal appeals court judge who fought tirelessly against racial discrimination.
Mr. Reed is a past president of the PBA and the first person of color to lead the association. He previously served as chairman of the PBA House of Delegates and as a member of the association’s Board of Governors. He co-founded and served as the first chair of the PBA Minority Bar Committee and helped organize the first PBA Minority Attorney Conference held in 1989. Mr. Reed has also been active in the PBA and the American Bar Association in various leadership capacities throughout his career.
A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Reed joined Pepper Hamilton in 1972 after receiving his J.D. from Yale Law School.
For more information about the Minority Attorney Conference and the award presentation, visit the PBA website at www.pabar.org or contact the PBA Member Service Center at 800.932.0311.
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