Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee shall encourage and promote diversity among under-represented and under-served groups in our legal and broader community.  The primary focus is diversity of the Akron Bar Association and the Summit County legal community.


Committee Leadership


Hanne-Lore M. Gambrell

Vice Chair

Duriya A. Dhinojwal






Diversity Award

The Diversity Award celebrates business, organization, or individual that demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion in Summit County.


  • Demonstrate a consistent pattern of the organization’s commitment to the recruitment, retention and promotion of individuals of underrepresented populations;
  • Cultivate and promote diversity initiatives that establish and foster a more inclusive and equitable work environment;
  • Promote and facilitate equitable education and social engagement with and between people of varying ethnic or religious backgrounds, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and/or physical and mental capabilities;
  • Exhibit visionary and insightful leadership to confront and resolve inequities through strategic decision-making, allocation of resources, and establishment of priorities;
  • Outline defined goals, actions steps and accomplishments toward achieving a work environment that recognizes, promotes and encourages a diverse workforce at all levels throughout an organization;
  • Create new and progressive best practices that support diversity and inclusion goals.

Nomination Deadline

Annually prior to the 1st day of January

Past Recipients

  • 2020 | The Hon. Annalisa Stubbs Williams
  • 2019 | The Well Akron Community Development Corporation 
  • 2018 | Keith P. McNeil, Ohio Civil Rights Commission (retired)
  • 2017 | Professor Martin H. Belsky, The University of Akron School of Law
  • 2016 | Not awarded
  • 2015 | Akron/Canton Barristers
  • 2014 | Professor Joann M. Sahl, The University of Akron School of Law
  • 2013 | Lee Gill, Office of Inclusion & Equity, The University of Akron
  • 2012 | Anthony O'Leary, Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority


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