Thomas A. Cole Receives Thurgood Marshall Legacy Award

Lecturer Thomas Cole, partner and former Chair of the Executive Committee at Sidley Austin, LLP, was honored with the Thurgood Marshall Legacy Award at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s 27th Annual Awards Gala on November 16 in Washington, DC.

The Thurgood Marshall Legacy Award was established to recognize and honor an outstanding member of the legal profession who exemplifies a commitment to equal opportunity and education.

Tom Cole joined Sidley Austin upon graduation from The University of Chicago Law School in 1975 and became a partner in 1981. For 15 years ended in April 2013, he served as chair of the firm’s Executive Committee, the committee that exercises general authority over the affairs of the firm. In April 2014, he stepped down as a member of the Executive Committee (on which he had served since 1987) and as a member of the firm's Management Committee (on which he had served since 1988). Throughout his tenure in firm leadership (and afterward), he has maintained a robust practice on behalf of clients.

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