Commission on Women in the Profession
American Bar Association
Brent Award was commissioned in 1991 to honor and celebrate the
accomplishments of women lawyers. The
work is representative of the precarious and fragile balance of justice.
Two beveled pieces of clear glass, representing the balance of
justice through their angled shapes, intersect a pyramid filled with
shards of glass. There is a
half round piece of mirror on each inside face of the pyramid halves and
the work sits on a mirrored base. The
mirrored base brings the two half circles together into a whole.
Glass is a unique material in that is both delicate and strong,
vulnerable yet structural. The
award visualizes the strength of women in the profession and their ability
to create wholeness from the fragility that is life and the law.
recipients include: Hillary
Rodham Clinton, Janet Reno, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Bella Abzug, Anita F.
Hill, among others.
Gift is awarded each year to those who have served the Commission on Women
in the Profession in an exemplary way.
The work represents the individual as a pyramid filled with fragile
shards of glass rising above the chaos of an environment of broken glass.