TALLAHASSEE, Feb. 21, 2017 – The Tallahassee Bar Association is accepting nominations for its annual Martha Barnett Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, established to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women lawyers from Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit. The award will honor an outstanding lawyer who has achieved professional excellence and who has been an advocate or mentor for the advancement of other women lawyers. Leon County Judge Nina Ashenafi Richardson received the inaugural Barnett Award in 2016.
The nomination deadline is Thursday, March 23. The 2017 award will be presented at the Tallahassee Bar Association’s April membership meeting, a joint event with the Tallahassee Women Lawyers. Nominees must be Tallahassee Bar Association members.
“Martha Barnett has been a leader and role model to many in the legal profession,” said Tallahassee Bar Association President Dick Collins. “This award is intended to recognize successful women lawyers who have gone above and beyond to improve and enhance the practice of law for other women lawyers.”
Background. Martha Barnett is a past president of the American Bar Association, the first woman chair of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates and Holland & Knight’s first female partner. Ms. Barnett was among the recipients of American Lawyer magazine’s 2014 Lifetime Achievement Awards. The magazine commended Ms. Barnett’s commitment to the advancement of women lawyers by saying, “No matter her position . . . [she] has championed the idea that more women belong in law.” The Tallahassee Bar Association would like to encourage this commitment to the advancement of women in the legal profession by honoring those who have helped pave the way to success for other women lawyers.
Criteria. The individual has achieved professional excellence in her legal career. In addition, she has encouraged or mentored other women to pursue legal careers or to advance their legal careers, or opened doors for women lawyers in job settings that historically were closed to them or advanced opportunities for women within a practice area or segment of the profession.
Nominations. Forms are due by close of business on March 23, 2017.
For more information, contact Joann Gore at 850-702-5008 or firstname.lastname@example.org.