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.