Thomas E. Hanson, Jr. Receives Community Service Award at the Eighth Annual Wilmington Awards
Thomas E. Hanson, Jr. received a Community Service Award at the Eighth Annual Wilmington Awards on October 7, 2009. Thomas was recognized for his accomplishments in the legal profession and efforts in promoting diversity in the Delaware Bar. The Wilmington Awards are designed to recognize and honor the outstanding accomplishments of Wilmington citizens and/or citizens who serve Wilmington. The award recipients exemplify excellence in areas of arts, athletics, business, community service, education, faith, government, health/science, heroism, professional, senior, volunteer, youth and human and/or civil rights. Thomas joined the litigation department of Morris James LLP in 2001 and in 2007 was selected as partner, the first African-American partner in the firm's history. He balances his law practice with community service for the Delaware Bar Association and City of Wilmington residents. Thomas represents abused and neglected children through the Delaware Office of the Child Advocate. He has served on the Executive Committee of the DSBA and as an officer of the Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section of the DSBA. He currently serves as a Board member of the Delaware Bar Foundation and the Delaware Region of the Salvation Army. He is also the 2008-2009 Chair of the Delaware Minority Job Fair Committee. In an effort to increase minority representation in the Delaware Bar, Thomas previously served as a Co-Chair of the Supplemental Bar Course, where he planned the program, administered practice exams and taught the participants at weekly sessions during the summer months.