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Each year, the DWLA presents the Louise B. Raggio Award to a person demonstrating the highest level of professionalism and who has contributed significantly to the advancement of women attorneys.

2015 Award Recipients

Join us on October 15, 2015 to celebrate our 2015 Award Recipients and to honor our tradition of celebrating our local judiciary for their service to our community.  Tickets are $35.

Louise B. Raggio Award:  Michael K. Hurst

DWLA is proud to present its 2015 Louise B. Raggio Award to Michael K. Hurst of Dallas-based Gruber Hurst Elrod Johansen Hail Shank LLP.   The annual honor is presented to an individual who has demonstrated the highest level of professionalism while making significant contributions to the advancement of women attorneys.  The award is named for association co-founder and Dallas legal pioneer Louise Raggio, who was the first female prosecutor in Dallas County history and who helped create the Texas Family Code.

“Certainly, it is unconventional to present this award to a man, but that is exactly what this organization is about – progress and change,” says Dallas Women Lawyers Association President Nicole Knox. “Michael has made significant contributions to advancing the careers of Dallas’ most respected and talented women lawyers. His dedication to eradicating gender bias is vital to achieving equality in the profession.”

Outstanding Female Partner Awards:

Diana Bearden
Rhonda Hunter
Karen McCloud

Diana BeardenRhonda Hunter and Karen McCloud. Ms. Bearden, a Dallas partner at Strasburger & Price, LLP; Ms. Hunter, a partner at Dallas’ Farrow-Gillespie & Heath LLP; and Ms. McCloud, founder of Dallas’ Karen D. McCloud, P.C., will receive Outstanding Female Partner Awards for large, medium and small firms, respectively.

Outstanding Corporate Counsel Award: Rachel Gonzalez

Rachel Gonzalez, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Southlake’s Sabre Corp.  Ms. Gonzalez will receive the Outstanding Female Corporate Counselor Award, which recognizes a female lawyer who has worked in a corporate legal environment for five years or more.

Rising Raggio Award:  Tiffanie Limbrick

Tiffanie Limbrick, an associate at Sidley Austin LLP in Dallas. Ms. Limbrick will receive the Rising Raggio Award, which recognizes an outstanding female lawyer who has been practicing for less than six years and who has had significant professional accomplishments.

DWLA Louise B. Raggio History and Past Recipients

louiseraggioDallas Women Lawyers Association’s Louise B. Raggio Award is named in honor of Louise B. Raggio, one of the founders of the DWLA, who graduated from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 1952 and was a mentor and champion of women lawyers in Dallas until her passing early last year.  Each year, the DWLA presents the Louise B. Raggio Award to a person demonstrating the highest level of professionalism and who has contributed significantly to the advancement of women attorneys.

2014:  Sally Crawford

Sally Crawford

Sally Crawford personifies the spirit of the Louise B. Raggio Award. She is a 1986 Order of the Coif graduate of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and 25 years of her legal career with Jones Day. Prior to retiring earlier this year, Sally’s practice primarily focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and corporate law.Sally’s passion for her work and excellent service to her clients are reflected by many prestigious awards, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Texas at Dallas, regular recognition by D Magazine and Texas Super Lawyers, and the Outstanding Women of Today recognition by Altrusa International of Richardson.SALLY CRAWFORD

Sally Crawford personifies the spirit of the Louise B. Raggio Award. She is a 1986 Order of the Coif graduate of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and 25 years of her legal career with Jones Day. Prior to retiring earlier this year, Sally’s practice primarily focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and corporate law.Sally’s passion for her work and excellent service to her clients are reflected by many prestigious awards, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Texas at Dallas, regular recognition by D Magazine and Texas Super Lawyers, and the Outstanding Women of Today recognition by Altrusa International of Richardson.

One can hardly mention Sally Crawford without marveling at her tireless dedication to pro bono representation. Affectionately dubbed the “Queen of Pro Bono,” Sally has represented pro bono clients since she received her law degree in 1986. She was the Dallas Office Public Service Coordinator at Jones Day for many years, and she was named Pro Bono Coordinator of the Year by the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP).

In 2013, Sally served as 104th President of the Dallas Bar Association (DBA), and under her leadership, the DBA enjoyed a year of “Celebration and Rededication.”

Sally has also contributed generously to volunteering outside the legal community. For example, she is a Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program, and she has served on the board of the Richardson Symphony.

Having recently retired from Jones Day, Sally plans to spend more time in Oklahoma with her daughter, Elizabeth Field, who followed in her mother’s footsteps and is practicing law as a tax attorney.

 2013:  The Honorable Jane J. Boyle,

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Judge-Jane-Boyle

Judge Jane J. Boyle was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania.  She graduated from the University of Texas with her Bachelor’s degree in 1977, and later from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1981.  After graduating law school, she served as a prosecutor for the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, where she quickly rose to the position of Chief felony prosecutor.   In 1990,    Judge Boyle was appointed the first female United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Texas.  In 2002, Boyle became the first female U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.  She served as United States Attorney until she was appointed to the federal bench in 2004.    Judge Boyle and her husband John have one son and one daughter.

 Watch the footage from DWLA’s Judicial Reception and Presentation of the Louise B. Raggio Award to the Honorable Jane Boyle:

DWLA thanks everyone who helped make our 2013 Judicial Reception a success!

 2012:  Michele Wong Krause

michele wongMichele Wong Krause was the first Asian female attorney elected to the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas, the first Hispanic or Asian attorney elected to the Board of Directors of the Dallas Bar Association, and the first female Asian attorney appointed to the Board of Directors of the Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation.  A graduate of Southern Methodist University School of Law, she served as an associate Municipal Court Judge before starting her own firm in 1991, focusing on personal injury, guardian ad litem and workers’ compensation matters.  She has been board certified in Workers’ Compensation Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2004.

Ms. Wong Krause has a reputation for leadership and service:  board of advisors of the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce;  Dallas Asian American Bar Association president;  State Bar of Texas Asian Pacific Interest Section chair; Dallas Hispanic Bar Association president;  State Bar of Texas Hispanic Interest Section chair;  Asian Pacific Interest Section chair; and board of advisors of the Magnet Center for Public Service:  Government, Law and Law Enforcement.

In 1999 she developed the Dallas Minority Attorney Program (DMAP), an American Bar Association award-winning program, and she has been the course director every year since.  Using DMAP as a template, Ms. Wong Krause created the highly successful Texas Minority Attorney Program.  She has been a cast member of the “Bar None” productions for years, helping to raise money for scholarships for women and minority law students.

Michele Wong Krause encourages minorities and women to shine.  She epitomizes Louise B. Raggio’s influence for the advancement of women lawyers.

Past recipients include

1992 – Hon. Barbara M. G. Lynn

1993 – Annette Stewart

1994 – Jo Ann Peters

1995 – Adelfa B. Callejo

1996 – Harriet E. Miers

1997 – Hon. Linda Thomas

1997 – Hon. Elizabeth Lang-Miers

1999 – Nina Cortell

2000 – Hon. Carolyn Wright

2001 – Maureen Armour

2002 – Christina Melton Crain

2003 – Kim Askew

2004 – Hon. Catharina Haynes

2005 – J. Lee Baldwin

2006 – Kathleen Wu

2007 – Hon. Karen Gren Johnson

2008 – Mary Alice McLarty

2009 – Yvette Ostolaza

2010 – Hon. Nikki DeShazo

2011 – Patricia Montes

2012 – Michele Wong Krause

2013- Hon. Jane Boyle