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ABA diversity commission names award winners

The American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession has selected four recipients for its 2016 Spirit of Excellence Award The awards will be presented during a ceremony Feb. 6 at the ABA midyear meeting in San Diego, Calif.

The award celebrates the efforts and accomplishments of lawyers who work to promote a more racially and ethnically diverse legal profession.

The 2016 award recipients are Hugo Chaviano, director of the Illinois Department of Labor; Sarah Deer, professor of law at William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul, Minn.; JoAnne A. Epps, dean of Temple Law School; and Victor M. Marquez, principal at The Marquez Law Group in San Francisco.