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Awards Reception2018-05-03T22:19:32+00:00

Honoring Trailblazers

DWLA’s Annual Awards Reception honors trailblazers in the legal community. The prestigious Raggio Award is named for DWLA co-founder and Dallas legal pioneer Louise Raggio, who was the first female prosecutor in Dallas County history and who helped develop the Texas Family Code. Each year, the organization presents the Raggio Award to someone who has demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism while making significant contributions to the advancement of women attorneys.

Raggio Award History

Award Nominations

(Nominations deadline is May 11th)

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The DWLA Louise B. Raggio Award recognizes a person demonstrating the highest level of professionalism and who has contributed significantly to the advancement of women attorneys. The recipient may be a female or male attorney who has been practicing law for at least ten (10) years in the DFW area.

Submission Requirements:

  1. Two letters of nomination that describe the attorney’s
    1. Outstanding legal proficiency and the highest level of professional ethics; and
    2. Contributions to the advancement of women attorneys; and
  2. Any other documentation that reflects the attorney’s
    1. Outstanding legal proficiency and the highest level of professional ethics; and
    2. Contributions to the advancement of women attorneys; and
    3. High resolution photo of nominee.

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DWLA has established the “Outstanding Female Corporate Counselor” Award to recognize an outstanding female lawyer in the DFW area who has worked inside a corporate legal department for a minimum of five (5) years.

Submission Requirements:

  1. Two letters of nomination on behalf of the attorney that describe the attorney’s significant professional accomplishments and provide examples of her contributions to her corporate employer; and
  2. A resume of the attorney;
  3. High resolution photo of nominee

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DWLA has established the “Outstanding Female Lawyer” awards to recognize two outstanding female lawyers in private practice. An award will be given to a female lawyer in a mid to large law firm (25 or more attorneys) and a female lawyer in a small firm or solo practitioner (fewer than 25 attorneys) in the DFW area.

Submission Requirements:

  1. Two letters of nomination on behalf of the attorney that describe the attorney’s significant professional accomplishments and provide examples of her mentoring in the community and/or her firm; and
  2. A resume of the attorney; and
  3. High resolution photo of nominee

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DWLA has established the “Rising Raggio” Award to recognize an outstanding female lawyer who has been practicing for less than six (6) years as of June 1st and who has had significant professional accomplishments and acted as a leader in the Dallas community and/or her firm.

Submission Requirements:

  1. Two letters of nomination on behalf of the attorney that describe the attorney’s significant professional accomplishments and examples of leadership in the community and/or her firm;
  2. A resume of the attorney; and
  3. High resolution photo of nominee
  4. Date of the attorney’s admission to the Bar.

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2017 Recipients

  • Louise B Raggio Award – Sarah Saldana, Retired Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • Outstanding Corporate Counsel – Large Department – Michele Thatcher, Pepsico
  • Outstanding Corporate Counsel – Small Department – Lori Dalton, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
  • Outstanding Female/Large Firm – Angela Fontana, Sidley Austin, LLP
  • Outstanding Female/Small Firm – Amy Elizabeth Stewart, Amy Stewart Law
  • Rising Raggio – Jennifer Salim Richards, Stanton, LLP
  • Outstanding Director – Gemma Descoteaux, Polsinelli
  • Outstanding Jurist – Judge Martin Hoffman, 68th District Court
2017 Award Recipient Announcement

2016 Recipients

  • Louise B. Raggio Award – Lisa Baron Blue, Baron and Blue
  • Outstanding Corporate Counsel – Stacey Doré, Energy Future Holdings
  • Outstanding Female/Large Firm – Kit Addleman, Haynes & Boone
  • Outstanding Female/Small Firm – Dawn Estes, Estes Thorne & Carr PLLC
  • Outstanding Director – Judge Tonya Parker
  • Rising Raggio – Jennifer Ryback, McGuire, Craddock & Strother, P.C.,
2016 Award Recipient Announcement
2016 Award Reception Wrap Up