Annual Awards

    Arabella Babb Mansfield Award 
    The oldest award given by the National Association of Women Lawyers in recognition of professional achievement, positive influence, and valuable contribution to women in the law and in society. The award is named after the first woman admitted to a state Bar in the United States.  View past awardees.


    NAWL President’s Award
    Presented
    by the current president as a special recognition of an organization that has championed policies, programs and procedures to retain, promote and advance women attorneys. View past awardees.

     

    NAWL Public Service Award
    Presented to a lawyer who has demonstrated throughout her career a dedication and commitment to exemplary public service and social responsibility. View past awardees.

     

    NAWL Lead by Example Award
    Presented to a male practicing lawyer who is a leader in his law firm, company, government unit or public interest entity and supports the advancement of women. He works in a company, firm or government/public interest unit that demonstrably supports such advancement. In his own department, measurable metrics support the award.  That is, if he is in-house, he has a high percentage of direct female reports, with women in key positions such as head of litigation. In firms, there is a high percentage of women equity partners, women are present in significant numbers on important committees and there are significant numbers of female relationship managers.  View past awardees.

     

    M. Ashley Dickerson Diversity Award
    Named after trailblazer Mahala Ashley Dickerson, NAWL’s first African-American President (1984-85), this award is presented to a lawyer who has promoted and advanced diversity in the legal profession.  View past awardees.

     

    Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award
    Presented to NAWL members for exemplary contributions to NAWL.  View past awardees.

     

    Mid-Year Meeting Awards

    Leadership Award
    Presented annually at NAWL's Mid-Year Meeting to individuals in the community whose personal contributions have helped advance women lawyers and promote diversity in the legal profession. 
    View past recipients>>

     

    Challenge Award
    Presented annually to an in-house legal department that has either met or adopted policies designed to meet the NAWL Challenge—that by 2015, women will represent 30% of law firm equity partners, 30% of chief legal officers, and 30% of tenured law school faculty members. View past recipients>>

     

    Student Awards

    Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition
    Established to encourage and reward original law student writing on issues concerning women and the law. Students at ABA-approved law schools are invited to submit an original essay concerning women's rights or the status of women in the law. The first place winner receives a check for $500 and travel expenses to a NAWL meeting where she or he will be recognized. 

    Read the most recent winning paper, "Prosecutorial Indiscretion: District Attorneys' Misuse of Alabama's Chemical Endangerment Law to Criminalize Pregnant Women's Substance Abuse" written by Amy Kokot, Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (pdf).  2014 entries must be received by May 1, 2014.  More information


    Outstanding Law Student Award
    Presented to the outstanding law student in the graduating class of participating ABA-approved law schools who demonstrated academic achievement, exhibited motivation, tenacity and enthusiasm; contributed to the advancement of women in society; promoted issues and concerns of women in the legal profession; and earned the respect of the dean and law faculty. Method of nomination: varies from law school to law school; can be selected by the dean, award committees, law faculty, campus women's law caucus, or by a competitive application process.


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