Davis Brown shareholder Sharon K. Malheiro was recently selected by the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys (I.O.W.A.) and the Iowa National Bar Association as this year’s recipient of the 11th Annual Gertrude Rush award.
The award recognizes a lawyer who manifests the
pioneering spirit of Gertrude E. Rush, the first African-American woman
to be admitted to the practice of law in Iowa in 1918. In addition,
award honorees demonstrate leadership in the community and in the legal
profession, as well as concern for human and civil rights. Former
recipients of the award include Barbara Schwartz, Bonnie Campbell,
Chinyere Ukabiala, Willie Glanton, Diann Wilder-Tomlinson, Inga
Bumbary-Langston, Adrien Wing, Judge Artis Reis, Romonda Belcher and
Roxanne Conlin. This year’s award will be presented at I.O.W.A.’s 28th
Annual Dinner, which will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at the
Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel, 1800 50th St.
Sharon, a dedicated
advocate for civil rights, particularly relating to the gay, lesbian,
bisexual and transgendered community, has been practicing law for more
than 24 years. In 1991, she was appointed by the Iowa Supreme Court to
serve as a member of the Task Force on Gender and Racial Bias in the
Judicial System. After the completion of the Task Force's report, she
was asked to serve as a member of the Iowa Supreme Court's Monitoring
Committee, which was charged with ensuring that the recommendations made
by the Task Force were implemented. Sharon also provides pro bono legal
counsel for the Aids Project of Central Iowa and is a cooperating
attorney for Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Read more in the Des Moines Business Record.