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NAWJ Awards Descriptions

The Joan Dempsey Klein NAWJ Honoree of the Year Award
Selected by Awards Committee
This award is to honor a judge who brings distinction to her office and to the NAWJ as exemplified by our founding mother, Justice Joan Dempsey Klein.
Download the Nomination Form here.

The Florence K. Murray Award
Selected by Awards Committee
This award was instituted by its namesake, the Honorable Florence K. Murray, for presentation to a non-judge who, by example or otherwise, has influenced women to pursue legal careers, opened doors for women attorneys, or advanced opportunities for women within the legal profession.
Download the Nomination Form here.

Mattie Belle Davis Award
Selected by the President in consultation with Executive Committee
The guidelines for selecting the Mattie Belle Davis Award recipient are:

  • The awardee should be a member who has gone above and beyond his or her role as member and volunteer to help make a difference in the organization and furthered its mission, as the Honorable Mattie Belle Davis did.
  • The awardee should not be or have been a member of the Executive Committee of the NAWJ.
  • The awardee should be an individual dedicated to furthering and supporting women in the legal profession.

Justice Vaino Spencer Leadership Award
Selected by the President
For outstanding leadership in promoting the vision, core values and mission of NAWJ.

Norma Wickler Excellence in Service Award
The Excellence in Service Award is no longer given at our Annual Meeting.