Paulette Brown

by Edward Cates
Paulette Brown
Senior Partner & Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Locke Lord LLP

Paulette Brown is a Senior Partner and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO) at Locke Lord LLP, a full-service law firm with global reach.


Brown is the first woman of color to have served as President of the American Bar Association (ABA) in its 137-year history.


Brown also served as President of the National Bar Association, where she led a delegation to monitor the first free and democratic elections in South Africa.


As President of the ABA, she caused the creation and adoption of the ABA’s Resolution 113, designed to urge clients to expand opportunities for diverse lawyers. Approximately 100 General Counsel have signed onto 113.


As CDIO, Brown developed a Strategic Plan for D&I, including a detailed plan for action and metrics to ensure that at Locke Lord, diversity and inclusion are not merely words on paper.


Brown develops the curriculum for implicit bias and diversity & inclusion training she conducts throughout the firm.


Brown educates on privilege and mindset and provides tools for use following training.


Brown holds an undergraduate degree from Howard University and a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law.

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