The ABA Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Education Pipeline awarded the Fourth Annual Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Award to HNBA member Professor Sarah E. Redfield in recognition of her exemplary leadership in pipeline work. The award honors those demonstrating success working along the educational pipeline in a collaborative approach involving more than one segment of the continuum from preschool to high school to college to law school to the practice.
Professor Redfield is a tenured member of the faculty at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Professor Redfield’s expertise is in issues related to diversity of the legal profession. She is a nationally known author and speaker. Her bibliography includes Diversity Realized: Putting the Walk with the Talk for Diversity in the Pipeline to the Legal Profession and The Education Pipeline to the Professions: Programs that Work to Increase Diversity. She recently authored the lead article for the third edition of the HNBA Journal of Policy and Law, “Hispanics and the Pipeline to the Legal Profession: a.k.a. Lawyers Don’t Do Math,” which highlights significant issues affecting the number of Hispanics in the legal profession despite much attention to given to “diversity” efforts within the profession.
A founder and organizer of the Diversity Pipeline Collaborative (formerly Wingspread), Prof. Redfield brings together law schools and others focused on improving the educational pipeline from preschool to the legal profession. Professor Redfield’s other work with diversity and educational pipeline issues includes serving as a Member of the ABA Presidential Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline and chair of its Education Sub Committee; Member of the State Bar of California’s Council on Access and Fairness and member of its Early Pipeline and US News & World Report Subcommittees; a Member of CLEO’s Board of Directors; and a Member of the University of California at Irvine Saturday Academy of Law Oversight and Curriculum Committees (an organization devoted to providing high school students from underrepresented communities with the skills and tools they need to successfully pursue careers in law).
Professor Redfield wrote, “I’ve long been interested in social justice and social change… I’m particularly interested in the role the law does, can, and should (or should not) play in these arenas. Law students and lawyers are blessed with an education that enables them to understand and analyze complex situations. I’m particularly interested in the role lawyers play in using their skills to help those individuals or groups who do not have adequate information to understand or participate fully in our system of government.”
HNBA National President Benny Agosto said, “We are incredibly proud that Professor Redfield’s many accomplishments, including those on behalf of the Latino community, are recognized by the ABA’s award.”