Trent Hargrove, chief diversity officer for the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA), has been named the recipient of the Alumni Diversity Award for Leadership in the Legal Profession and the keynote speaker at the law school’s Student Bar Association annual Diversity Awards Banquet set for April 5, 2014. At PBA, Hargrove oversees the PBA’s efforts to improve diversity within the association and Pennsylvania’s legal profession.
In addition to Hargrove, Penn State Law students Dwayne Wright and Gabriella Grosso are being honored for their work as student leaders. Wright is the president of the Black Law Students Association and Grosso is the president of the Women’s Law Caucus.
"This year's honorees were chosen because they have dedicated their time and service to making a positive impact through their efforts to diversify the law school and the legal profession," said Hamilton Martin '14, Student Bar Association Diversity Chair and organizer of the event.
Before working for PBA, Hargrove was chief diversity officer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He was also the chief counsel of the Department of General Services in the Governor’s Office of General Counsel. Hargrove is a member of the PBA Minority Bar Committee and the PBA Government Lawyers Committee. He previously served on the PBA Civil Rights and Responsibilities Committee and the PBA Legal Services to Persons with Disabilities Committee. Hargrove earned a bachelor's degree in political science and psychology from Bucknell University and a juris doctor from The Dickinson School of Law.
The banquet will begin at 6 p.m. in the Greg Sutliff Auditorium and the Commons of the Lewis Katz Building in University Park. The Student Bar Association established the event to honor members of the Law School Community who have contributed to the development of a campus that is culturally diverse, inclusive, and equitable. The event's theme is "Leading the Way, Expanding the Possibilities" and will start with appetizers followed by a dinner and an award ceremony.