Trailblazers for Justice

The 2018 Nomination Period is OPEN!

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is proud to recognize Trailblazers for Justice in Philadelphia.

To nominate someone, please submit via email a brief description of the individual to Laura Powers.

This initiative developed from the important work in 2015-16 of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Bar Foundation in rebranding the former Andrew Hamilton Ball as the "Access to Justice Benefit - Uniting Our Community for Legal Aid".

Trailblazers for Justice led the way in Philadelphia for creating equal access to justice for all. The lives of these individuals serve as historical role models and demonstrate the rich diversity of contributions that have made our community what it is today.

Trailblazers have much to teach us about commitment to justice for those struggling with poverty, abuse, and discrimination. Through their brilliance, personal courage, and use of exceptional talents, these trailblazers advanced the cause of civil rights. They literally changed the face of leadership in this city, opening doors that had once been closed to far too many Philadelphians. They inspire us for the work that still lies ahead.

Starting in 2016, the Bar Foundation will feature a Trailblazer for Justice every other year. By honoring these historical leaders, we recognize that we all stand on the shoulders of those who came before us and whose lives and contributions, from different backgrounds and circumstances, have shaped who we are.

2016 Trailblazer: Sadie T.M. Alexander (1898-1989)