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U.S. District Court Judge Recognized for Commitment to Law, Diversity
Hartford, CT – July 14, 2008/ -- DiversityBusiness.com /- The Honorable Alvin W. Thompson was recently named recipient of the 2008 Edwin Archer Randolph Diversity Award in recognition of his commitment to diversifying the legal profession and supporting the advancement of attorneys of color.

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University and a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School, Judge Thompson began his legal career as an associate at Robinson & Cole LLP, where he became a partner in 1985. Judge Thompson was elected managing partner in 1991, becoming the first African-American managing partner of a major law firm in Connecticut. He worked with Robinson & Cole LLP until 1994, when he was appointed to the bench for the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

“We are honored to present this distinction to Judge Thompson,” said Carolyn Golden-Hebsgaard, Executive Director of The Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity. “His commitment to the advancement of legal professionals of color is a cornerstone of his professional accomplishments and reflects the spirit of our group’s mission.”

Judge Thompson’s career reflects a commitment to helping attorneys of color and women in furthering their professional goals. He served as co-chair of the ABA Section of the Business Law’s Committee on Diversity from 1991 to 1995, helping shape the Section’s diversity policy, which serves as a model throughout the ABA today. Judge Thompson has also been actively involved with the ABA’s Committee on Business and Corporate Litigation.

In addition to his service to the legal community, Judge Thompson serves on the Hartford Advisory Board of the Salvation Army, the Trustees of the Warburton Chapel, and the Policy Advisory Committee for the Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation.

Presented annually by The Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity, The Annual Edwin Archer Randolph Diversity Award is named for Edward Archer Randolph, a Yale Law School graduate, who was the first attorney of color admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1880. Through his service in various public offices, Mr. Randolph was instrumental in promoting the inclusion and advancement of attorneys and other professionals of color in Connecticut. Past award recipients include John Rose, Jr., Corporation Counsel, City of Hartford (2005); Amy Lin Meyerson, Esq. (2006); and Toni M. Smith-Rosario, Senior State's Attorney-Appellate Division (2007).

About The Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity: Founded in 2003, The Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity, formerly The Connecticut Lawyers Group, is a non-profit organization committed to advancing the professional status of attorneys of color and women in law firms throughout Connecticut, Westchester, and Western Massachusetts. Under the direction of Executive Director Carolyn Golden-Hebsgaard, the organization runs seminars and workshops throughout the year offering law students the opportunity to interface with practicing attorneys and gain insights into establishing a fulfilling legal career. For more information visit www.lawyerscollaborativefordiversity.org or contact Ann Coolidge Randall (arandall@lawyerscollaborativefordiversity.org) at 860-251-5967.

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