MDFAWL is currently accepting nominations for the 2017 Mattie Belle Davis Award. This award is presented annually to a MDFAWL 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.
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.