Laurie Robinson Haden, 2019 Woman Lawyer of the Year

Laurie Robinson Haden, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at CBS Corporation and the Founder and CEO of Corporate Counsel Women of Color, is the 2019 WBA Woman Lawyer of the Year. She will be recognized at the organization’s Annual Dinner on May 22, 2019, in Washington, DC. The Woman Lawyer of the Year Award recognizes a leader who has championed change in the profession by leading by example, advocating for justice, and promoting the advancement of women in the profession.

A true agent of change, Ms. Robinson Haden personifies this year’s theme as a 21st century businesswoman whose skills, passion and commitments are multi-faceted. 

Ms. Robinson Haden created Corporate Counsel Women of Color (CCWC) in 2004 to advance women of color attorneys and to foster diversity in the legal profession. The non-profit professional organization has grown from 30 members to over 4,000 members within a 14-year period. Through CCWC, Ms. Robinson Haden provides strategic leadership within the areas of branding, publishing, business development, web development and interactive, marketing, sponsorships, and fundraising. She develops programming for diverse professional lawyers including CCWC’s Annual Career Strategies Conferences and CCWC’s International Career Strategies Symposiums. In addition, she provides creative direction to CCWC’s website, which averages over two million hits per year. Ms. Robinson Haden spearheaded the 2011 groundbreaking research report on the career progression of women of color attorneys entitled “Perspectives of Women of Color Attorneys in Corporate Legal Departments.”

At CBS Corporation, Ms. Robinson Haden practices litigation and reports directly to the company’s head of litigation. In this position, she oversees and manages outside counsel, directs legal strategy, and participates in alternative dispute resolution. Ms. Robinson Haden has been at CBS since 2002. Before moving to work with the parent company, she served as Director of Training and Development for its subsidiary CBS Broadcasting, Inc. and as Assistant General Counsel in the Labor and Employment Division. She was then promoted to Vice President reporting directly to the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of CBS Corporation. In that role, she oversaw law department operations and administration, the law department diversity program, and the launch of CBS’s company-wide records retention program. From there, she was promoted to her current role. 

Ms. Robinson Haden has been recognized by the Network Journal as one of the “25 Most Powerful Black Women in Business” and by Savoy Magazine as one of the country’s Most Influential Black Lawyers. She serves on the board of directors of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. and the board of visitors of Indiana University at Bloomington Maurer School of Law. Her accomplishments truly represent someone who Dared to Make an Impact in the legal profession.

Ms. Robinson Haden has a certificate in entertainment media management from New York University and certificates in mediation from JAMS and Cornell School Industrial Labor Relations. She received her Bachelor of Arts from North Carolina Central University (magna cum laude) and her Juris Doctor from Indiana University School of Law at Bloomington.