Tom Sager, a Ballard Spahr partner and former General Counsel of DuPont Co., will receive the Louis L. Redding Lifetime Achievement Honorarium from the Delaware Barristers Association today.

The award recognizes Mr. Sager’s dedication to diversity in the legal profession. It is given annually to “an individual who has made a lifelong commitment to eradicating racism …in academia and in the legal profession” and who has “triumphed in making the business case for diversity.”

Before joining Ballard Spahr last September, Mr. Sager spent nearly four decades with DuPont Co., where he finished his tenure as General Counsel. He helped pioneer the DuPont Legal Model, which redefined the way law firms measure success—with diversity as one of the key metrics. Under the model, firms that wanted a share of DuPont’s work had to demonstrate a commitment to advancing diversity.

Mr. Sager also helped to found the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). Today, as one of the nation’s leading professional affinity associations, MCCA advocates for the hiring, retention, and promotion of minority attorneys in corporate legal departments and law firms that work for them.

In fall 2014, the Philadelphia Business Journal and The American Lawyer honored Mr. Sager with their Lifetime Achievement Awards. He was recognized by The National Law Journal in 2010 as one of the 40 most influential attorneys and was featured in The American Lawyer as one of the Top 50 Legal Innovators.

The Delaware Barristers Association is a local affiliate of the National Bar Association, founded in 1993. It was created to foster community among Delaware legal professionals, to uphold the principles of justice by fighting discrimination, and to encourage the full participation of all members of the Delaware legal community.