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.

Previous Award Recipients

2005: Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Pariente
2008: Patricia Ireland & Sookie Williams
2009: Hilarie Bass
2010: Janet Reno
2011: Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally A. Heyman & Professor M. Minnette Massey
2012: The Honorable Marcia G. Cooke
2013: The Honorable Bertila Soto
2014: Donna E. Shalala
2015: Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis & Professor Mary Anne Franks
2016: State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle
2017: County Attorney Abigail Price Williams
2018: Melanie Damian


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.

Previous Award Recipients

2008: The Honorable Joseph P. Farina
2009: John Kozyak
2010: Benjamine Reid
2011: Steven W. Davis
2012: Gerald I. Kornreich
2013: The Honorable John W. Thornton
2014: The Honorable Milton Hirsch
2015: Ira Leesfield
2016: The Honorable Scott Bernstein
2017: Patrick Montoya


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 FAWL 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.

Previous Award Recipients

1987: Roberta Fulton Fox
1988: Janet Reno
1989: Carrie Meek
1990: Elaine Gordon
1991: The Honorable Gill S. Freeman
1992: The Honorable Rosemary Barkett
1993: The Honorable Cindy S. Lederman
1994: The Honorable Patricia A. Seitz
1995: Ellen Freidin
1996: The Honorable Lenore Nesbitt
2000: Edith G. Osman
2002: Sharon L. Langer
2003: The Honorable Ellen Leesfield
2004: The Honorable Sandy Karlan
2005: Elizabeth Baker
2006: The Honorable Laurel Myerson Isicoff
2007: The Honorable Leslie B. Rothenberg
2008: The Honorable Jacqueline Hogan Scola
2009: Cynthia A. Everett
2010: Marcia Cypen
2011: State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle
2012: Melanie E. Damian
2013: Lisa Lehner
2014: Katherine Ezell
2015: The Honorable Lisa S. Walsh
2016: Julie Braman Kane
2017: Deborah Baker-Egozi