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    2014 Annual Meeting Highlights


    Congratulations to our 2015 honorees!

    Arabella Babb Mansfield Award is the oldest award given by NAWL 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.


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    This year, NAWL honors Mary Jo White who was sworn in as the 31st Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in April 2013. She brings to the agency decades of experience as a federal prosecutor and securities lawyer. As the U.S. Attorney for the South District of New York from 1993 to 2002, she prosecuted complex securities and financial frauds and international terrorism cases. She is the only woman to hold that post. After leaving the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Chair White became the head of the litigation department at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York, where she led a team of more than 200 lawyers. Chair White earned her undergraduate degree from William & Mary, her master’s degree in psychology from The New School for Social Research and her law degree from Columbia Law School. She has served as a director of The NASDAQ Stock Exchange and on its executive, audit, and policy committees.

    President’s Award is presented by NAWL's 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.




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    This year, NAWL honors Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider, with 2014 revenues of approximately $27.4 billion. Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon does business in 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. Exelon is one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with more than 32,000 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. The company’s Constellation business unit provides energy products and services to more than 2.5 million residential, public sector, and business customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100. Exelon’s utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to more than 7.8 million customers in central Maryland (BGE), northern Illinois (ComEd), and southeastern Pennsylvania (PECO). Follow Exelon on Twitter @Exelon. Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Verónica Gómez will accept the award in person on Exelon's behalf.

    Lead by Example Award is presented to a male 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. View past awardees.



    This year, NAWL honors Jonathan Feigelson, Senior Managing Director, General Counsel and Head of Corporate Governance with TIAA-CREF, a national financial services group of companies and the leading provider of retirement saving products and services in the academics, medical, cultural, and research fields. Mr. Feigelson is currently a board member of the International Corporate Governance Network, the Foreign Policy Association, and REVAL, a provider of software solutions for Enterprise Treasury and Risk Management. Jon received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and was a member of the Columbia Law Review. He received his Master's degree with the highest honors from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Jon graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard College and was a nominee for Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships.

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





    This year, NAWL honors JoAnne A. Epps, Dean of Temple Law School, a position she has held since 2008. She is the author of numerous books and articles on Evidence and Trial Advocacy. In February 2015, U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. honored Dean Epps for Black History month at the U.S. Senate. In March 2015, Mayor Michael Nutter appointed Dean Epps to chair a newly created Police Department Oversight Board. Last year, Dean Epps was awarded the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award by the Philadelphia Bar Association and in 2009 she received the Association's Sandra Day O'Connor Award, conferred annually on "a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community." A three-time honoree by Lawyers of Color Magazine as one of the 100 most influential black lawyers in the country, Dean Epps was named by National Jurist Magazine in 2013 and 2014 as one of the 25 most influential people in legal education. She is the court-appointed monitor in the settlement of Bailey v. City of Philadelphia, a lawsuit challenging the city's stop and frisk activity and in December 2014 she started a term on the Philadelphia Board of Ethics. A former Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles and Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Dean Epps' teaching areas include Evidence, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Trial Advocacy.

    Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award is presented to NAWL members for exemplary contributions to NAWL.  View past awardees.  This year, NAWL honors:



    Kelly A. Clark is a Corporate Counsel in the Insurance Operations Law Division at Allstate Insurance Company. In that position, Ms. Clark is the General Counsel for the Business to Business group and the Chief Attorney for the Claims Department. In those roles she is responsible for providing advice and counsel to Senior Leadership Team members on a wide variety of insurance matters including regulatory, compliance, and product management. Ms. Clark received her A.B. from the University of Michigan and J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law. In her 18 years at Allstate she has held a wide variety of positions within the Law Department, including counseling and compliance, claim litigation, regulatory and legislative advocacy, strategic product development and as a trial attorney defending insureds for Allstate's staff counsel office in Chicago. Prior to joining Allstate in 1996, she was in the private practice of litigation in Chicago.





    Joy C. Fuhr is a litigation partner at McGuireWoods who represents corporations and other organizations faced with product liability, toxic tort, environmental, and commercial claims throughout the United States. She has served as national coordinating counsel and national trial counsel on product liability, environmental and public nuisance matters. Most recently her efforts led to a defense verdict in a $1.5 billion public nuisance claim in California. Ms. Fuhr graduated from Princeton University where she was a two-time All-American and Captain of the Women’s Tennis Team. She played tennis professionally for several years and is a member of Princeton’s Silver Anniversary Team. Ms. Fuhr is currently a Regional Chair for the Princeton Alumni Schools Committee. Ms. Fuhr received her law degree from the College of William and Mary Marshall Wythe School of Law where she was inducted into the Order of the Coif and was an Editor of the Administrative Law Review. Before joining McGuireWoods, she was a Law Clerk for the Honorable Robert F. Chapman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Ms. Fuhr has practiced law at McGuireWoods for more than 20 years. She is active in firm management where she serves as National Chair of the Women Lawyers Network and is a member of the Board of Partners and Associates Committee. Ms. Fuhr is a recipient of the DuPont Women Lawyers Network Themis Award in recognition of her leadership in the retention and promotion of women lawyers. She has been an active member of NAWL for many years where she has chaired several committees for the Annual and Mid-Year Meetings. Ms. Fuhr and her husband Ed are the proud parents of three daughters, Anna (19), Laura (18), and Sarah (15). She can be reached at 804.775.4341 or jfuhr@mcguirewoods.com. 



    Sheila M. Murphy is a Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel at MetLife. She leads the Distribution and Products Unit where she provides litigation advice to the Retail Group of the Americas. Sheila serves on the Advisory Board to MetLife's Women's Business Network and US Diversity Task Force, and is co-chair of Legal Affair's Academy. She is a member of Legal Affair's Diversity Committee and Mentoring Programs. Sheila is co-chair of the Steering Committee of the CARE Women's Initiative of New York and is a member of the Board of Directors of Read Alliance. Because of her commitment to nurturing other women in business, Sheila was presented with the Highest Leaf Award from the Women's Venture Fund. In 2011, she was named a Most Influential Irish Woman by the Irish Voice. Sheila is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and the School of Management at the State University of New York at Binghamton where she graduated cum laude. Prior to joining MetLife, Sheila was at the law firm of Thacher Proffitt & Wood.

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