Georgetown Law School professor to receive Margaret Brent Award

Professor Emma Coleman Jordan to be honored during the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago

Emma Coleman Jordan

Renowned professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center, Emma Coleman Jordan, has been awarded with the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. The award is given annually by the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession during the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago.  

Previous honorees include U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In addition to Jordan, other winners of the award are Mari Carmen Aponte, Flora D. Darpino, Fernande R.V. “Nan” Duffly and Mary Ann Hynes.                                                                                                                                            

“We are honored to recognize this spectacular group of women. We applaud their achievements, knowing that their efforts will inspire a new generation of women lawyers,” said Michele Coleman Mayes, chair of the ABA Commission on Women, of this year’s Brent winners. The award is named for Margaret Brent, the first woman lawyer in America. Brent arrived in the colonies in 1638.



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Highly accomplished, Jordan is best known for establishing the field of economic justice in legal theory, and for her work in financial services and civil rights. She recently released the second edition of her textbook, Economic Justice:  Race, Gender, Identity and Economics (2011), which combines critical legal scholarship and law and economics in addressing questions of economic disparities.

In addition to being a formidable presence in her field, Jordan also has mentored scores of young women lawyers. 

A former White House Fellow (serving as special assistant to the U.S. attorney general) and past president of the Association of American Law Schools and of the Society of American Law Teachers, Jordan was counsel to Professor Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, which brought the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace onto the national stage. 

Jordan is a regular commentator on economic justice issues and the financial service industry, having made appearances on PBS, News Hour, NPR, Diane Rehm, and the Bill Moyer Show CSPAN. Jordan graduated first in her class at Howard University School of Law, serving as editor-in-chief of the Howard Law Journal. She received her B.A. from San Francisco State University.


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