Biennial Award Luncheon
At the Center for Women in Law’s Award Luncheon, supporters and allies come together to celebrate the Center’s mission to advance all women in the legal profession. Through the Hortense Ward Courageous Leader Award, the Center recognizes one outstanding lawyer who exemplifies Ward’s tenacity, courage, and commitment in their efforts to achieve gender parity in positions of leadership, influence and responsibility in the legal profession as set out in the Austin Manifesto.
2023 Award Luncheon
Honoree: The Honorable Bernice B. Donald
Watch Judge Donald’s acceptance speech here.
See event photos here.
Past Events Include:
2021 Award Luncheon
Keynote speaker: Soledad O’Brien
Honoree: Patricia Diaz Dennis
Watch Patricia Diaz Dennis’ acceptance speech here.
Watch the 2021 Virtual Biennial Award Luncheon
2018 Biennial Award Luncheon
Keynote speaker Elizabeth Vargas
Honoree Bobbi Liebenberg- Senior Partner at Fine, Kaplan and Black
View photos from the 2018 CWIL Award Luncheon here.
Watch Bobbi Liebenberg’s acceptance speech here.
2016 Biennial Award Luncheon
Keynote speakers Donna Brazile and Mary Matalin
Honoree Michele Coleman Mayes – Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary for the New York Public Library (NYPL)
Watch Michele Coleman Mayes’ acceptance speech here.
2014 Biennial Award Luncheon
Keynote speaker Arianna Huffington
Honoree Mary Cranston – Retired Senior Partner and Immediate Past Chair of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Watch Mary Cranston’s acceptance speech here.