In the realm of legal expertise and advocacy, the National Association of Women Lawyers’ (NAWL) Annual Meeting is a prestigious platform showcasing leadership, diversity, and innovation. Every year, this pivotal legal event honors professionals who are reshaping the legal landscape, making a significant impact globally. As Lateral Link, a proud sponsor and renowned name in the legal recruiting industry, we are thrilled to spotlight the achievements of the NAWL 2023 Award recipients.
At the centerpiece of this year’s event was an enlightening panel discussion on diversity in legal leadership, an essential driver for the evolution of the legal profession. Guiding this important conversation were experienced moderators, Peggy Steif Abram, NAWL Board of Directors President and retired partner of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, and Sally Bergmann, influential Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.
Among the esteemed panelists was legal pioneer, Deborah N. Archer, renowned for her work in social justice as Associate Dean, Co-Director of Clinical and Advocacy Programs, and Professor at NYU School of Law, and President of ACLU. Deborah’s relentless endeavors earned her the 2023 Arabella Babb Mansfield Award, recognizing high-achieving women lawyers who inspire others. We heartily congratulate Deborah on this noteworthy recognition.
We also extend our applause to diversity advocate, Yvette Ostolaza, Chair of the Management Committee at Sidley Austin LLP. Yvette’s work in promoting diversity in law has merited her the 2023 Ashley M. Dickerson Diversity Award, a testament to her exceptional influence in the legal community.
In the same vein, we commend Amy Pannoni, VP and Deputy General Counsel, HR Legal at Microsoft, on receiving the prestigious 2023 NAWL President’s Award. Amy’s leadership in fostering career advancement for women and minorities in the legal sector is indeed commendable.
Our accolades also go to public service stalwart, Elizabeth Prelogar, Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice, who received the 2023 Public Service Award. Her commitment to community service embodies the power of law to effect substantial societal change.
Finally, we congratulate inclusive leader, Alan Tse, Global Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Jones Lang LaSalle, on his 2023 Lead By Example Award. Alan’s impactful leadership is a powerful model of the benefits of diversity in law firm leadership.
These award recipients are more than just exceptional legal professionals. Their groundbreaking work, commitment to diversity in law, and exemplary leadership inspire the future of the legal industry. At Lateral Link, we stand by these values, and look forward to continuing our efforts to support and promote diversity and inclusion within the legal profession. We heartily congratulate each recipient on their well-deserved recognition and eagerly anticipate their future contributions to the legal community.
As a testament to the energy, camaraderie, and spirited engagements at the event, we are delighted to share a collection of photos captured by the Lateral Link team who had the honor of attending the meeting. We invite you to enjoy these vivid scenes from the NAWL 2023 Annual Meeting, encapsulating the essence of this inspiring gathering.