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2022 Winner for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Community Impact Advocate of the Year

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John Sweeney
Founder/Main Partner
The Sweeney Firm

John Sweeney has been a tireless advocate for diversity in the legal profession throughout his career. He ranks among the best civil rights lawyers of his generation and in the United States today. A distinguished trial attorney, he has served the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) as National Chair of the Diversity Committee for the past five years.

On behalf of ABOTA, Sweeney created the “Dismissed With Prejudice” seminar program to examine and discuss diversity issues within the legal profession. Sweeney’s program has been adopted for use by the ABOTA National Office and Sweeney has lectured nationwide on DE&I issues, as well as at the ABOTA International Meeting in Barcelona, ​​Spain in 2019 .

Sweeney has received much local, national and international media exposure for his many triumphs in civil rights cases over his 40-year career. He recently revealed the shocking existence of criminal gangs within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which made international headlines. Almost immediately after Sweeney’s revelations became public, murders and beatings of citizens in minority communities plummeted. Sweeney received numerous civic honors for his efforts and accomplishments, including an official proclamation from the Los Angeles City Council for organizing a pro bono legal clinic for local citizens affected by the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

Sweeney is active in many other legal organizations, including the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association, John M. Langston Bar Association, Los Angeles Consumer Advocates, and many more. others.

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