Awards

Women Making History Award

The Women Making History Award is awarded annually by the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers during Women’s History Month (March).  The award recipient exemplifies an individual whose work and leadership throughout the community promote women’s issues. 

This award is presented annually to a Miami-Dade FAWL member who exemplifies the ideals of professional achievement, perseverance and dedication to women’s issues.  Her accomplishments in the area of promoting women’s issues pave the way for new women leaders of today’s generation.

To download the Women Making History Award Application click here.


The Honorable Theodore Klein Award

Judge Theodore Klein  was recognized as one of the sharpest legal minds in South Florida during a storied career as both a defense lawyer, federal prosecutor, and federal magistrate. Throughout his life he exhibited a passion for the law and a dedication to the advancement of women in all professions, including the legal profession.

This award recognizes a male lawyer or judge in our legal community who has demonstrated initiative and dedication to women’s issues. The recipient must evidence a long-standing commitment to advancing the position of women in the legal profession and must be a member in good standing of the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. This award was established in 2008 in honor of the late Honorable Theodore Klein, who was the first male member of the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

To download the Honorable Theodore Klein Award Application click here.


Mattie Belle Davis Award

Mattie Belle Davis was the only woman in Florida to pass the Florida Bar Examination in 1936.  In 1959, she was appointed to the Metropolitan Court of Dade County, which later was absorbed into the county court system of Dade County.  She retired from the bench in 1980 but continued to serve as a retired judge until 1996.  Judge Davis was a founding member of FAWL in 1951 and President of FAWL in 1957‑58.  She also served as President of the National Association of Women Lawyers in 1965-66. She was always involved with and committed to FAWL, even serving as FAWL’s Historian until her death in January, 2004. 

This award is presented annually to a Miami-Dade DFAWL member and woman in the legal profession who exemplifies the ideals of professional achievement, perseverance and dedication that were demonstrated by the late Judge Davis.

To download the Mattie Belle David Award Application click here.