Thomas Sager (’76) to receive Legacy Award from Lawyers of Color on Wednesday, March 18

Wake Forest Law General Counsel Board Member Thomas Sager (’76) has been chosen to receive the Legacy Award at the Lawyers of Color reception on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in Washington, D.C. A Ballard Spahr partner and former DuPont Co. general counsel, Sager will receive the Legacy Award for his exceptional career and tireless effort to advance diversity in the legal profession, according to organizers.

Sager, one of the top law professionals in the country, has been named on the Lawyer’s of Color Fourth Annual Power List Issue, a comprehensive catalog of the nation’s most influential minority attorneys and non-minority legal diversity advocates, including corporate general counsel, law firm managing partners, law school deans and the highest-ranking government attorneys.

Before becoming a partner at Ballard Spahr, Sager served as the general counsel of chemical company DuPont Co., where he worked for 37 years after graduating from Wake Forest Law. During his time there, he acted as a pioneer for minority rights and diversity in the legal workforce. Due to his work, DuPont has become a leader in introducing sound business practices into law, and established the company as a model for diversity.

In 1997, Sager helped found the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), an organization that advocates hiring, retaining and promoting minorities in the law field. In 2001, the MCCA established the Thomas L. Sager Award, to be given each year to corporate law departments and firms for their commitment to diversity.

Photo of Thomas Sager (JD '76)

Thomas Sager (JD ’76)

Recently, Sager received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The American Lawyer magazine at the 11th annual American Lawyer Awards dinner, held on Oct. 29, 2014, at Gotham Hall in New York City. Sager was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his career success and tremendous impact through civic work.

The Legacy Awards honorees will be toasted at a cocktail reception where Lawyers of Color will present the awards. In conjunction with the publication and reception, Lawyers of Color will also host the First Annual Power Summit, which will be held at George Washington Law School.  The symposium is co-sponsored by GW Law’s Asian/Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA), Black Law Student Association (BLSA), Hispanic Law Student Association (HLSA), and South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA), and will consist of a series of roundtable discussions with law school deans, general counsel, social justice attorneys, and law firm partners.

Lawyers of Color’s mission is to advance diversity in the legal profession. The company has recently expanded to include all Lawyers of Color. Additional special editions to be released in 2013 will feature minority lobbyists, women attorneys and minority-certified small firms.

Lawyers of Color has been recognized by the American Bar Association, National Black Law Students Association and National Association of Black Journalists. Founded in 2008 as a news and resource center, the company has grown into a social media firm providing research, career development, and brand marketing opportunities to clients.

Learn more at On Being a Lawyer of Color’s Power List Honorees 2015 .