The Center for Women in Law, through the Hortense Ward Courageous Leader Award, seeks to recognize on a biennial basis one outstanding woman lawyer who exemplifies Ward’s tenacity, courage, and commitment in her efforts to achieve gender parity in positions of leadership, influence, and responsibility in the legal profession as set out in the Austin Manifesto. The recipient will be honored at the CWIL’s Award Luncheon on April 15, 2016. Read about the 2014 Hortense Ward Courageous Leader Award recipient from the 5th Anniversary Awards Luncheon.
Each nominee must:
NOTE: Founding Members of the Center for Women in Law are not eligible for this award.
Submit a nomination form in addition to a 2-page letter that outlines specific examples of the nominee’s credentials based on the criteria above. Supporting documents must include the nominee’s resume/curriculum vitae and at least three (but no more than five) recommendation letters from other individuals. At least one recommendation letter must come from a woman who benefited directly from the nominee’s efforts. The nomination packet may also include articles that display the nominee’s credentials and additional personal anecdotes.
If a nomination package was submitted in a prior year for the nominee, please check the box on page 3 of the online form: “Nomination for previous nominee.” You may submit updated supporting documents, including additional letters of recommendation, to Dawnyelle Addison at email@example.com.
Linda Broocks, Chair
The Honorable Hortense Sparks Ward (1872-1944) was an accomplished lawyer, suffragist and champion of women’s rights in Texas in the early 1900s. Ward was the first woman to pass the Texas State Bar exam, the first woman to be admitted to the Texas State Bar, and the only woman to serve as Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court. Ward campaigned tirelessly to advance women’s rights and status in Texas. Read more.
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