On Tuesday, February 27th, the Lincoln Derr Legal Team proudly attended the 2018 McMillan Fellowship Dinner. The Mecklenburg County Bar’s McMillan Fellowship Fund promotes law students entering a career in local non-profit and government agencies by awarding annually paid fellowships. Funds for the fellowship positions are primarily raised from the support of this prestigious event.
The 11th annual Julius L. Chambers Diversity Champion Award was presented to Judge Albert Diaz. This award recognizes outstanding community leaders for their influence in the areas diversity and equal opportunity. Many attorneys at Lincoln Derr have had the privilege of working with Judge Diaz in the courtroom and as a mentor and leader at the Mecklenburg County Bar.
“Judge Diaz has been a mentor, a friend, and a shining example of a true professional,” comments Tricia Derr. Derr goes on to share an observation by a former boss, “When you are in front of Judge Diaz, never forget that neither you or your opposing counsel are the smartest lawyers in the room. Judge Diaz will have you beat.”
This year’s Award Presentation and Dinner was held at The Terrace at Cedar Hill with keynote address from Glenda Gilmore, the Peter V. and C. Vann Woodward Professor of History, African American Studies, and American Studies at Yale University and award-winning author of many publications, including Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896-1920 and Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950.
Congratulations to the Mecklenburg County Bar for a successful evening, to Judge Diaz on his well-deserved honor, and all future recipients of the McMillan Fellowship.