NLADA to Honor Procter & Gamble Chief Legal Officer Deborah Majoras with its 2018 Exemplar Award

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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NLADA to Honor Procter & Gamble Chief Legal Officer Deborah Majoras with its 2018 Exemplar Award

Award Will be Presented at Annual Gala in Washington, DC

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) will present Deborah Majoras, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary at Procter & Gamble, with its prestigious 2018 Exemplar Award. This award recognizes a corporate leader for outstanding commitment to advancing equal justice for low-income people. Majoras will be honored at NLADA’s Exemplar Dinner on Wednesday, June 13, at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C.

“NLADA and the entire equal justice community commends Deborah for her leadership in expanding equal justice for all,” said Jo-Ann Wallace, president & CEO of NLADA. “Deborah has dedicated time and energy to ensure that all persons, regardless of their income, have access to legal representation. NLADA is honored to recognize her work.”

Majoras expressed her gratitude as a recipient of this year’s Exemplar Award. 

“As I have traveled to the many countries in which P&G does business, I have realized that our lawyers are truly ‘Ambassadors for the Rule of Law,” said Majoras.  “As such, we have a responsibility not only to stand up for that Rule of Law, but also for the people who struggle to access its benefits.  I am proud of the work that our team has done in representing low-income individuals and providing legal support to charitable organizations, and we are grateful to NLADA for its important work and for this recognition.”

Majoras’ service has not only impacted the national efforts, but has greatly enhanced the work of equal justice work in Ohio.

“The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati is extremely fortunate to have Deborah Majoras‘ leadership on our Board of Trustees,” said Mary Asbury executive director of Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati. “Debbie served as the co-chair of our recent Change a Life, Strengthen the Community Campaign. She brings a wealth of corporate, government service and law firm experience to her role as a member of our Executive Committee, where she currently serves as Treasurer and chair of the audit committee. We extend our thanks to the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and our congratulations to Debbie, for this recognition.”

“Debbie’s consistent presence in the conversation about access to the legal system is so important,” said Jill P. Meyer, president & CEO of Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. “It would be easy for her to leave this conversation to others, given the breadth of and sheer number of tugs at her priorities. That she has made this a priority underscores for all of us the reason we went to law school and our individual responsibility to promote justice and ensure equal access.”

Majoras joins a distinguished list of former honorees, including Rick Cotton, NBC Universal (formerly); Michael Holston, Hewlett-Packard (formerly); Bruce Kuhlik, Merck & Co., Inc. (formerly); Louise Pentland, PayPal Holdings, Inc.; Teri Plummer McClure, UPS; John F. Schultz, Hewlett-Packard Company (formerly); Brad Smith, Microsoft; and Laura Stein, The Clorox Company.

More than 500 advocates for equal justice, including public interest lawyers, private attorneys and general counsel come together at this annual spring event to pay tribute to individuals and law firms making a critical impact on the lives of innumerable disadvantaged Americans.

“NLADA is grateful to have leaders like Deborah working alongside us to expand access to counsel for every person regardless of circumstances,” said Wallace.

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The National Legal Aid & Defender Association, founded in 1911, is America's oldest and largest nonprofit association devoted to promoting excellence in the delivery of civil legal services to those who cannot afford counsel. NLADA has pioneered equal access to justice at the national, state and local levels through the creation of public defender systems and other important institutions from The Sentencing Project to the Legal Services Corporation.