Archer partner and Chief Diversity Officer Lloyd Freeman was recently honored with the National Bar Association’s (NBA) Young Lawyers Division Humanitarian Award. The Humanitarian Award honors and recognizes a young lawyer who has dedicated their career to improve the community, whether it be in education, community service, social services, health services or political activism.
The National Bar Association is the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African American attorneys and judges. It represents approximately 44,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students and has over 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world.
Mr. Freeman is known by many throughout the region because of his extraordinary commitment to the community and public service, and his rich diversity of interests. He dedicates much of his time to various civic and charitable causes. When he has been asked about his continued efforts to help others, he has always said he believes it is everyone’s responsibility to reach back and help pull others forward.
Mr. Freeman has been the recipient of many awards throughout his career for his contributions to help advance the causes of justice, equality, professionalism and community service. Notably among his community commitment is Lloyd’s longstanding association with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region (BBBS). Lloyd is Chairman of the Board of BBBS—the third largest agency in the nation, providing mentors to nearly 4,000 children in the Philadelphia and South Jersey area. Lloyd has been dedicated to raising awareness of its mission and need for more mentors. He has inspired dozens of black men to volunteer as mentors, a demographic that is in dire need. Further, Lloyd has donated hundreds of pro bono hours in legal services over the years to the agency.
Mr. Freeman has served as President of the Garden State Bar Association (GSBA). Under his leadership role, the GSBA raised nearly $100,000 and awarded scholarships to a record number of diverse law students. He also worked tirelessly in this role to increase diversity in the judiciary by endorsing scores of attorneys of color to be appointed to the bench.
Mr. Freeman also founded the Burlington Camden Achievement Foundation, and serves as Chair, which runs the Beautillion program—a scholarship and mentoring program designed to prepare high school males of color for college and subsequent life. To date, over 121 young men have completed the program, and they’ve been accepted to over 650 colleges around the country. Mr. Freeman’s foundation has awarded them over $155,000 in scholarships.
In his legal practice, Mr. Freeman represents clients in commercial and complex civil litigation in matters involving consumer fraud, real property, franchise, business torts and other issues related to business and contractual disputes.
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