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Phaedra on Being Recognized by the Bar

Phaedra Parks explains why receiving her award from the National Bar Association was such a special moment. 

By Phaedra Parks What was it like to receive an award from the National Bar Association?
Phaedra Parks: The National Bar Association (NBA) is the nation's oldest and largest network of African-American attorneys and judges. The National Bar Association is an organization that I respect and appreciate immensely, as it has played a significant role in my legal career. The NBA has afforded me leadership opportunities, as well as access to a vast network of highly decorated legal professionals. Currently, the NBA is a body of about 60,000 lawyers, judges, law professionals, and students. Their collective commitment to the legal profession and the legal health of our community is truly commendable. I am very proud to be a past NBA board member and a past president of its Atlanta affiliate, The Gate City Bar Association. It is an incredible honor and deeply humbling for the NBA to recognize me as the 2014 Maynard Jackson Legacy Award recipient.

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The late Maynard Jackson was not only an amazing attorney and impactful politician; but also a humanitarian who made significant contributions by empowering women and people of color. Jackson was also a shrewd businessman, who in the footsteps of his grandfather, John Wesley Dobbs, championed equal opportunities and civil rights by creating opportunities for people of color. It is truly an honor to be associated with such a rich legacy. Like me, Jackson was mothered by a dedicated educator. A fact that made it even more special for me to share this moment with my mother, who equipped me with the values and tenacity that has enabled me to succeed in my career. What was your favorite part of Kandi's party?
PP: I agree with my buddy, Kandi, the food was terrific; and that is all I have to say about that!


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