Kenneth G. Standard with Epstein Becker Green Receives Lifetime Achievement Award of Excellence in Pipeline Diversity from the American Bar Association

NEW YORK, NY (February 15, 2011) — The national law firm of Epstein Becker Green is pleased to announce that Kenneth G. Standard has received the Lifetime Achievement Award of Excellence in Pipeline Diversity from the American Bar Association during its Third Annual Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Award of Excellence in Pipeline Diversity Reception held on Feb. 11, 2011 at the ABA's mid-year meeting in Atlanta.

Mr. Standard, Chair of the Firm's Diversity and Professional Development Committee, General Counsel to the Firm, and Chair of the Firm's Quality Assurance Committee, was recognized for his exemplary leadership in aiding the increase of diversity in the legal profession. The award proudly honors those demonstrating success working along the educational pipeline in a collaborative approach involving more than one segment of the continuum from elementary to high school to college to law school to the practice of law.

"For us in the New York State Bar Association, Ken has been the standard bearer in increasing diversity. In his term as president, he worked tirelessly and successfully to bring greater diversity not only to our membership, but, significantly, to leadership positions in the House of Delegates and Executive Committee. One of his major achievements was the institution of Youth Law Days, which introduces high school students of color to New York's law schools," said Stephen P. Younger, president of the New York State Bar Association.

Doug Hastings, Chair of the Board of Directors at Epstein Becker Green, said, "In addition to increasing the Firm's efforts to promote diversity internally, Ken has been a strong force in championing diversity across the legal profession nationally and in local communities. Under Ken's leadership, the Firm has actively supported bar association efforts to improve minority educational and bar examination outcomes to increase the number of minorities who complete law school and continue on to practice law. We'd like to thank Ken for his endless and continued efforts in this area."

"I am deeply touched and honored to receive this prestigious award from the ABA," said Mr. Standard. "I hope others will join in this important mission in helping our underrepresented students strive to achieve excellence throughout the continuum of their education."

Mr. Standard is a member of the American Bar Association, and currently serves in its House of Delegates and is a member of the ABA's governing body and its Board of Governors. He formerly served on the ABA's Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. Crain's New York Business named Mr. Standard one of the "100 Most Powerful Minority Business Leaders in New York." Mr. Standard has authored a number of published articles and continues to be a frequent CLE speaker, domestically and abroad.

About the Award

Raymond Pace Alexander was Wharton's first African American graduate, president of the National Bar Association in 1929 and again from 1933 to 1935, and was the first black judge on the Common Pleas Court of Philadelphia. In the early 1930s, he took two Chester County school districts to court after they tried to establish racially segregated school systems. His victory in that case marked an end to de jure segregation in Pennsylvania schools. Raymond's wife, Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, was the first African American woman to receive a Ph.D. in the United States, the first woman to receive a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and was the first national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

About Epstein Becker Green

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