Annual Awards

Diversity Initiative Achievement Award

NAMWOLF’s Annual Diversity Initiative Achievement Award recognizes the corporation/public entity that has exhibited outstanding achievement in increasing minority and women owned law firm participation.

Past winners include:

Walgreens (2022)

State Farm (2021)
Bank of America (2020)

Honda (2019)

State Farm (2018)

FDIC (2017)

Allstate Insurance Company (2016)

Walmart (2015)
GlaxoSmithKline (2014)
Shell (2013)
KeyCorp (2012)
Nationwide (2011)
Prudential (2010)
American Airlines (2009)
KeyCorp (2008)
Accenture (2007)
DuPont (2006)

Outstanding Service By An Advisory Council Member

Every year, NAMWOLF’s Advisory Council selects a member of the council who has gone above and beyond to help NAMWOLF further its mission and vision.

Past winners include:

Theos McKinney (2022)

Vanessa Watson (2021)
David Peim (2020)

Justi Rae Miller (2019)

Melford “Mel” Walker, Jr. (2018)

Rick Hammond (2017)

Shanin T. Fuller (2016)

Matthew Morningstar (2015)
Anthony E. Gay (2014)
Barbara Stevens (2013)
Rick Richardson (2012)
Gilda Spencer (2011)

Law Firm MVP

This Award recognizes a law firm member for its outstanding achievement in advancing NAMWOLF’s mission of promoting diversity and inclusion by fostering the relationship between preeminent minority and women owned law firms and corporations and public entities.

Past winners include:

Valentine Austriaco & Bueschel, P.C. (2022)

Culhane Meadows PLLC (2021)
DTO Law (2020)

Quintairos Prieto Wood & Boyer P.A. (2019)

Sapientia Law Group (2018)

Sanchez & Amador, LLP (2017)

Bush, Seyferth & Paige PLLC (2016)

Lim Ruger & Kim (2015)

Berens & Miller (2014)

Griesing Law (2013)

Wilson Turner Kosmo (2012)

Emery K. Harlan Trailblazer Award

Past winners include:

Emery Harlan (2022)

Yolanda Coly Advocacy Award

This special Award is given to an individual who has tirelessly worked toward achieving NAMWOLF’s mission through stellar advocacy. Unlike the other Awards this is not awarded annually.

Past winners include:

Sheryl Axelrod (2017)
Martin P. Greene (2016)
Yolanda Coly (2015)

Joel Stern Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Pipeline Diversity Scholarship

About the Scholarship

The NAMWOLF Joel Stern Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Pipeline Scholarship seeks to provide financial support to students who contribute to the diversity of their law school student body as they pursue their legal career. The NAMWOLF Pipeline Diversity Scholarship program is open to any second- and third-year law students who come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity in the legal profession, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation. All second- and third-year law students are eligible to apply.

2022 Winners

Sarah Ayad

NCCU School of Law

Rachel Smith

FAMU College of Law

Lakeisha Williams

Southern University Law Center

Lindsey Avalos

University of Illinois Chicago School of Law

Cameron Thomas

Chicago-Kent College of Law

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