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Laura Stein of The Clorox Company to be recognized for her commitment to public service with the Scales of Justice Award at the Equal Justice Works 2020 Annual Dinner
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 16, 2020—Equal Justice Works, the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law, today announced that it will honor Laura Stein, executive vice president and general counsel—Corporate Affairs of The Clorox Company (Clorox), with its Scales of Justice Award.
“The Scales of Justice Award is designed to recognize those from across the legal profession who are steadfast in their commitment to increasing equal access to justice, both on an individual level and as leaders in their field,” said David Stern, executive director at Equal Justice Works. “Laura Stein is a pro bono champion and a dedicated advocate for underserved communities. We are proud to present her with this award.”
Each year, Equal Justice Works presents the Scales of Justice Award to a leader in the legal community who exemplifies a high-level of commitment to public service and a passion for equal justice; has advanced the organization’s mission and vision throughout their career; and has set a strong example for what lawyers and legal professionals can and should do to contribute to efforts in the public interest and toward greater access to justice for all.
Laura will receive the Scales of Justice Award at the 2020 Equal Justice Works Annual Dinner in Washington, D.C., on October 13, 2020.
Throughout her esteemed career, Laura has been a committed leader of pro bono work, serving as a source of inspiration to other legal professionals. At Clorox, Laura has played an instrumental role in shaping the company’s corporate social responsibility ethos. In 2005, she helped to establish Clorox’s pro bono program through which legal professionals at the company can spearhead a pro bono project to address an issue affecting the local community. The award-winning program has supported a number of initiatives, including assisting victims of domestic violence in family court, representing tenants in housing disputes, and providing reentry support to formerly incarcerated people.
“Throughout my career, I’ve always been passionate about access to justice,” said Laura Stein, executive vice president and general counsel—Corporate Affairs of The Clorox Company. “Receiving an award like this from Equal Justice Works is especially meaningful because of the important work they do connecting lawyers with people who need legal services and our shared commitment to giving a voice to all and promoting lasting change in underserved communities.”
As a leader at Clorox, Laura co-chairs Clorox’s corporate responsibility program, working to ensure that the company addresses environmental sustainability in its operations and products, diversity and inclusion in its workplace, and responsible sourcing and philanthropy, among other business areas. Under her leadership, Clorox has been recognized for a number of corporate responsibility achievements, including being named one of Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies. Laura has also supported Clorox’s public health response to natural disasters and disease outbreaks such as COVID-19, Ebola in West Africa, the chikungunya, dengue, and Zika outbreaks in the Americas. She previously served as chair of Support, Heart and Opportunity for Women (SHOW), a Clorox employee resource group focused on supporting and advancing women in the workplace and in their lives outside the workplace.
As a leader in the legal profession, Laura is co-chair of Pro Bono Institute’s Corporate Pro Bono Advisory Board and has served as chair of Equal Justice Works, the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Commission on Domestic Violence and as vice-chair of the East Bay Community Law Center. She has been a member of several advisory boards including the ABA Center for Human Rights, the ABA Presidential Task Force on the Preservation of Justice and the Legal Services Corporation Leaders Council. Since 2011, Laura has served as a member of the Equal Justice Works Annual Dinner Steering Committee.
Laura has earned numerous accolades for her exemplary leadership and pro bono work, including the American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Award, Legal Momentum’s Women of Achievement Award, DirectWomen’s Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award, Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh’s Ted Craig Humanitarian Award, and the Corporate Board Member America’s Top General Counsel Recognition Award. The National Law Journal has also named her as one of the 20 most influential general counsel in America.
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About Equal Justice Works
Equal Justice Works is the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law. We bring together an extensive network of law students, lawyers, legal services organizations, and supporters to promote a lifelong commitment to public service and equal justice. Following their Fellowships, more than 85% of our Fellows remain in public service positions, continuing to pursue equal justice for underserved communities across the country.
Laura Stein is a pro bono champion and a dedicated advocate for underserved communities. We are proud to present her with this award.
David Stern /
Equal Justice Works Executive Director