Past Exemplar Award Honorees

Each year at its annual dinner, NLADA honors one or more members of the private bar or corporate community who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting and supporting equal justice.

Past recipients include:

  • 2016 - Louise Pentland, PayPal Holdings, Inc.
  • 2015 - John Schultz, Hewlett-Packard Company
  • 2014 - Bruce Kuhlik, Merck & Co., Inc.
  • 2013 - Teri Plummer McClure, UPS
  • 2012 - Laura Stein, Clorox
  • 2011 - Brad Smith, Microsoft
  • 2010 - Rick Cotton, NBC Universal
  • 2009 - Michael Holston, Hewlett-Packard Company
  • 2008 - Kenneth C. Frazier, Merck & Co., Inc.
  • 2007 - Roderick A. Palmore, Sara Lee Corporation
  • 2006 - William B. Lytton, Tyco International
    Mark J. MacDougall, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLC
  • 2005 - Jeffrey B. Kindler, Pfizer Inc
  • 2004 - Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr., General Electric
  • 2003 - José de Lasa, Abbott Laboratories
    Frank S. Moseley, Davis Polk & Wardwell
  • 2002 - Thomas A. Gottschalk, General Motors Corporation
    Esther F. Lardent, The Pro Bono Institute
  • 2001 - John H. Pickering, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering
    James J. Johnson, The Procter & Gamble Company
  • 2000 - Mary M. McDonald, Merck & Co., Inc.
    Martha W. Barnett, Holland & Knight LLP
  • 1999 - Andrew D. Hendry, Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Robert N. Weiner, Arnold & Porter
  • 1998 - Joseph E. Mullaney, The Gillette Company
    John Payton, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering
  • 1997 - John Martin, Jr., Ford Motor Company
  • 1996 - Benjamin Civiletti, Venable, Baetjet, Howard and Civiletti LLP
  • 1995 - Sara-Ann Determan, Hogan & Hartson
    Jack W. Londen, Morrison & Foerster
    William O. Whitehurst, Whitehurst, Harkness, Watson, Loudon, Ozmun & Galow
  • 1994 - Hon. Dennis Archer, Mayor, Detroit, MI
    David S. Tatel, Hogan & Hartsen
    Alfred Charles Kammer, S.J., Catholic Charities USA
  • 1993 - Hillary Rodham Clinton, Legal Services Advocate and First Lady
    Marna Tucker, Feldesman, Tucker, Leifer, Fidell & Bank
    F. Wm. McCalpin, former NLADA president, retired partner, Lewis, Rice & Fingersh, L.C.
  • 1992 - Hon. Elliot L. Richardson, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
    Brooksley Born, Arnold & Porter
  • 1991 - Congressman Robert W. Kasenmeier, Wisconsin
    David B. Isbell, Civil Rights Advocate