WACO, Texas -
Lawrence Morgan Receives Recognition as Corporate Counsel of the Year by Texas Minority Counsel Program.
Baylor Lawyer, Lawrence Morgan, Senior Corporate Counsel with Republic Services was recognized as the 2017 Texas Minority Counsel Program (TMCP) Corporate Counsel of the Year at the 25th TMCP conference this past November in Austin.
The TMCP Corporate Counsel of the Year Award honors outstanding in-house attorneys judged by TMCP to have done the most to promote diversity within their company.
In his acceptance speech for the award, Lawrence said that he was "humbled and honored" to receive the award. He shared how he learned from his grandfather and father about the importance of having the "courage and willingness to take a chance." Lawrence also thanked his employer for their encouragement and empowerment in his desire to support diverse attorneys. "Doing so only makes our company stronger." he noted. He encouraged everyone in attendance to have the same "courage and willingness to take a chance, whatever that chance might be."
"At Baylor Law, we place a high value on diverse skills, experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives. We understand how important a focus on diversity and equity is in improving the skills of our students and ultimately the work they do for their clients and firms after graduation," said Brad Toben, Dean of Baylor Law. "We are so pleased that Lawrence Morgan has been recognized by TMCP for his continued efforts to promote equity in his role as Senior Corporate Counsel."
A 1999 graduate of Baylor Law, Lawrence was involved in the minority Law Student Association during his time at Baylor Law. He was a finalist for this same award in 2016.
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