2019 Higginbotham Corporate Award Dinner Honoree – Morgan Stanley Learn More


5/23 NYC: PNC Bank, William S. Demchak, Sally Yates to be honored at Higginbotham Awards Dinner

For Immediate Release May 15, 2018

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to Honor

PNC Bank and Chairman, President & CEO William S. Demchak

2018 Higginbotham Corporate Leadership Award

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates

Beacon of Justice Award

Student Leaders Trevon Bosley, Zion Kelly, Mya Middleton and Christopher Underwood from March for Our Lives Youth Rally

Distinguished Civil Rights Advocate Award



WASHINGTON, DC —  William S. Demchak, chairman, president and CEO of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. will receive the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s 2018 A. Leon Higginbotham Corporate Leadership Award for exemplary corporate leadership in promoting diversity and equal opportunity in the workplace. This year’s black tie gala, will be held at Cipriani 42nd Street on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at 7 p.m. with a VIP reception and red carpet event at 6 p.m. Sally Q. Yates, King & Spalding partner and former Acting Attorney General of the United States, will receive the organization’s Beacon of Justice Award for her unwavering commitment to justice, and efforts to promote criminal justice reform. Student leaders from the historic 2018 March For Our Lives Youth Rally will be honored with the Distinguished Civil Rights Advocate Award.

The Higginbotham Dinner is one of the largest gala events in the civil rights community, attracting nearly 1,000 attendees annually.  Emmy Award-winning CBS sports commentator Jim Nantz will serve as guest emcee at this year’s dinner. Mike Tomlin, head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, will present Pittsburgh-based PNC with the Higginbotham Corporate Award.  Wachtell, Lipton Rosen & Katz partner Edward Herlihy will chair this special event.

“On behalf of PNC and its 53,000 employees, I am both proud and honored to receive the Higginbotham Award,” said William S. Demchak. “At PNC, our commitment to diversity and inclusion is one of the defining qualities of our corporate culture and of how we engage with our customers and communities. It is at the heart of our talent and team-building philosophy, and it comes to life each day through PNC Grow Up Great, our $350 million effort to create greater access to high-quality early childhood education for every child in every community where we do business..”

“As the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law fights to ensure equal opportunity for African Americans and underrepresented minorities, we are proud to recognize the PNC Financial Services Group for its steadfast commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

“We also salute Former Acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates, whose tenacity, courage and tireless commitment to the rule of law inspires attorneys across the country to fight for justice and equality. In addition, we are thrilled to recognize the next generation of leaders in our country. Zion Kelly of Washington, DC, Mya Middleton and Trevon Bosley of Chicago, IL and Christopher Underwood of Brooklyn, NY each eloquently addressed the nation on the impact that gun violence has on communities of color at the March for Our Lives Rally this past March. They stand as a powerful reminder that young people can help promote change and reform on a national scale.”

The prestigious Higginbotham Corporate Leadership Award, named in honor of Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr., a pioneering civil rights advocate, author and federal appeals court judge, was established in 2000. The Gala is now in its 18th year. Past honorees include The Home Depot; Aetna Inc.; BellSouth Corporation; Citigroup Inc.; Colgate-Palmolive Company; DuPont;Ernst & Young LLP; Fannie Mae; General Electric Company;  J.P. Morgan Chase and J.P. Morgan Chase Investment Bank;  McDonald’s; Microsoft Corporation; The New York Times Company; PepsiCo, Inc.; Qualcomm, Inc.; Time Warner, Inc. and United Parcel Service. In addition, honorees recognized for their work to promote equal justice under law include former Attorney General Eric Holder and Congressman John Lewis, among others.


About The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers' Committee, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The Lawyers' Committee celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 as it continued its quest of "Moving America Toward Justice." The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice.

For more information about the Lawyers' Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

Web Design by Materiell