Brewer lauded with USACE Chief Counsel's Honorary Award

Published Sept. 1, 2021
Updated: Sept. 1, 2021

VICKSBURG, Miss.— An attorney at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) was recently recognized during the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Chief Counsel’s Honorary Awards ceremony. 

Allison Brewer, who has been with the ERDC Office of Counsel for more than five years, was awarded the E. Manning Seltzer Award for Special Contributions, which is named for the Chief Legal Advisor to the Chief of Engineers and General Counsel of the USACE from 1956 until 1977. The award recognizes an attorney who has made one or more special contributions to the USACE legal service mission through the development of a legal theory, a legal management innovation or practice or outstanding performance in solving a legal or management problem. 

“It is fitting that the leadership displayed by Ms. Brewer as she goes about working tirelessly behind the scenes at ERDC is being lauded,” said ERDC Director Dr. David Pittman. “She is a true asset for the enterprise, and I could not be more proud.” 

Brewer, who earned a bachelor’s in English from the University of Mississippi and a Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law, is a Vicksburg native. In her role as an attorney with the ERDC Office of Counsel, she handles a wide variety of legal work, but her main area of practice is labor and employment.   

“I love the camaraderie in the ERDC Office of Counsel,” Brewer said. “I also enjoy the challenge of advising on a wide variety of legal issues. I feel like I am learning something new every day, so the job never gets boring.” 

 For Brewer, recognition from the USACE level is affirming. For this award, she was one of 12 attorneys honored out of more than 55 counsel offices across the nation. 

“I was shocked when I learned that I had won this award,” Brewer said. “I am very honored to be recognized among such a large group of talented lawyers.