News & Events: O’Malley Receives 2016 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award

Nancy O'Malley accepting the 2016 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award

O’Malley Receives 2016 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award

Congratulations to Nancy O'Malley (JD 83, LLD 12), who received the 2016 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award at a ceremonial lunch in August at the American Bar Association's Annual meeting in San Francisco. O'Malley, who has been the Alameda County District Attorney since 2009, became the first District Attorney in the nation to receive this honor.

The award, established by the ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession in 1991, recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women lawyers who have excelled in their field and have paved the way to success for other women lawyers. Previous winners include U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

In its official recognition of O'Malley, the ABA stated that she is "a visionary leader whose

groundbreaking initiatives have been widely replicated and have improved her community, her state, and the nation… O'Malley's passion for justice and her inspiration to women in the legal profession are the very definition of a recipient of the Margaret Brent Woman Lawyers of Achievement Award." (read the full text of the statement | watch video introduction and speech )

GGU School of Law was extremely fortunate that O'Malley agreed to give the commencement address to the 2016 graduating class. In her address she encouraged the new graduates to take a seat at the table, engage, and serve. "Commit some of your time to projects that benefit others, or to public service, or to helping guide nonprofits," she said. "Use your skills and experience to enrich the lives of others, to help lift up those in our community, to speak out for those who don't have a voice."

In addition to being elected the first DA of Alameda County, one of O'Malley's significant achievements has been the creation of the Alameda County Family Justice Center. In one centralized location, the Center provides effective, comprehensive services -- such as legal, health and support -- to victims of interpersonal violence in a collaborative and coordinated way.

Read O'Malley's bio on the Alameda District Attorney website:

California Women Lawyers Foundation is seeking applications from women law students for the "Nancy E. O'Malley Scholarship." Applicants can go to and click on the Foundation, then "Nancy E. O'Malley Scholarship" for details how to apply.