2016-2017 FAWL Awards
Criteria & Nomination Forms
All nominations must be received by 5 p.m. ET on March 17, 2017.
Nominations are submitted by FAWL chapters only - not by individuals.
To streamline the process of accepting and reviewing your nomination forms, please adhere to the following guidelines when preparing and submitting your Award nomination forms:
- Submit each nomination form and supporting documents as a single PDF (including photos and graphics);
- Include the specific award category and nominee name in the File Name for the PDF; and
- Include the specific award category and nominee name in the Subject Line of your email.
FAWL's Rosemary Barkett Outstanding Achievement Award is awarded annually to a FAWL member who has:
demonstrated a commitment to the purpose and goals of FAWL;
excelled to outstanding career achievement that charters new territory in our profession;
helped to overcome traditional stereotypes associated with women by breaking barriers, molding a new reality and a new way of thinking about themselves, others and their place in the universe or has promoted the status of women within the profession;
- advanced the status of women in the State of Florida; and
FAWL's Jurist of the Year Award was established in 2015. The Jurist of the Year Award is an annual award that seeks to give recognition and acknowledgment to jurists, either State or Federal, who have consistently, fearlessly, and impartially promoted the rule of law respecting the equal rights of all who come before him or her. The award should be viewed as recognition of a distinguished career on the bench, as well as contributions to the community and the practice of law. The complete list of criteria to be considered is contained on the Jurist of the Year Nomination form below.
Leaders in the Law: In June of 2016, FAWL will announce its group of outstanding women from around the state. FAWL chapters will be able to nominate women who have made significant impacts in their communities. The recognition is intended to promote women who are not necessarily at the pinnacle of their career, but who have nonetheless made meaningful contributions in their communities through their legal service or volunteer activities and who have provided a positive role model for FAWL members. The number of Leader in the Law Awards ultimately given will be based on the size of the nominating chapter.
2016-2017 FAWL Leaders in the Law Nomination Form
The Outstanding Member Program Award was established in 2007. The award is presented annually to the FAWL chapter that has presented an outstanding program to its members that is (1) educational, in an area of substantive or procedural law, and/or benefits women lawyers in updating, marketing, diversifying and/or improving their business or practice, teaches leadership skills or provides a pathway to obtaining positions of leadership and/or reminds and teaches lawyers about their ethical and professional responsibilities; (2) reflective of FAWL's mission; (3) easily recreated by other chapters; and (4) has quality supporting materials.
2016-2017 FAWL Outstanding Member Program Award Nomination Form
The Outstanding Chapter Award was established in 2008. This award is presented annually to the FAWL chapter that has most effectively:
created new programs, events or services and/or expanded on traditional programs, events or services that further FAWL's mission;
provided programs, events or services that encourage and assist members to become leaders in the profession and in the community as a whole;
sought and gained exposure and recognition in both the legal community and the community as a whole;
- promoted diversity in the workplace, the practice of law and/or in the community;
successfully recruited and retained members; and
consistently participated in the state FAWL organization by paying dues in a timely manner, having an active chapter representative, attending meetings and functions, encouraging volunteers for committees and offices, working well with other local chapters, and assisting with FAWL projects.
2016-2017 FAWL Outstanding Chapter Award Nomination Form
FAWL's Outstanding Public Service Award was established in 2012. This award is presented annually to the FAWL chapter that has presented an outstanding program that is: (1) beneficial and/or educational to a non-legal segment of the community, the community at large; or a specific charitable organization or cause; (2) reflective of FAWL's mission, and (3) easily recreated by other chapters.
2016-2017 FAWL Outstanding Public Service Award Nomination Form
FAWL's Outstanding Student Chapter Award was established in 2014. This award will be presented annually to the FAWL student chapter that has most effectively (1) created new programs, events, or services and/or expanded on traditional programs, events or services that further FAWL's mission; (2) provided programs, events or services that encourage and assist members to become leaders in the law school and in the community; (3) sought and gained exposure and recognition in both the law school community and the community as a whole; (4) promoted diversity in law school and/or in the community; (5) successfully recruited new members; and (6) consistently participated in the State FAWL organization by paying dues in a timely manner, having an active chapter representative, attending meetings and functions, encouraging volunteers for committees and offices, working well with other local chapters, and assisting with FAWL projects.
2016-2017 FAWL Outstanding Student Chapter Award Nomination Form
FAWL’s Membership Award:
Awarded to a chapter in each of the three categories (small, medium, and large) that has the highest percentage of new members, but membership retention is also a factor that is strongly considered. Members are considered new if they joined FAWL for the first time from March 1, 2016 – March 16, 2017, and were not a prior member within the past three years, or since March 16, 2014. Objective award calculated by individual chapters based on their records as of March 16, 2017. Only those chapters that submit new and renewing member information to the Executive Director by March 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. ET will be considered.
Category size is based on the total number of members as of February 28, 2016, as determined by FAWL: small (1–100), medium (101–250) and large (251–400+).
2016-2017 FAWL Membership Award Nomination Form
2015-2016 FAWL AWARD RECIPIENTS
Please join us in congratulating these outstanding women lawyers and jurists who have demonstrated their continuing commitment to their profession, their communities, their peers, and to FAWL.
We also recognize those chapters that ran outstanding membership, member service, and community service campaigns.
The awards were presented at our annual Awards Gala and Installation of Officers on June 16, 2016 at the Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando.
Jurist of the Year
The Honorable Renee Goldenberg, Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, Broward Chapter
Rosemary Barkett Outstanding Achievement Award
Abbe S. Rifkin, Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney, Broward Chapter
Outstanding Student Chapter
Membership Award, Small Chapter
Membership Award, Medium Chapter
Membership Award, Large Chapter
Outstanding Member Program
Outstanding Public Service Award
Leaders in the Law
- Cynthia "CJ" Bosco, U.S. Legal Support, Central Florida
- Dresden Brunner, S. Dresden Brunner, P.A., Collier Chapter
- Lauren Brunswick, ShubinBass, P.A., Miami-Dade Chapter
- Gentry Byrnes, Raymond James Trust, Pinellas Chapter
- Victoria Cruz-Garcia, Givens Givens Sparks, PLLC, Hillsborough Chapter
- Joanne Fakhre, Law Office of Joanne M. Fakhre, P.A., Jacksonville Chapter
- Irene Bassel Frick, Akerman LLP, Hillsborough Chapter
- The Honorable Claudia Isom, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough Chapter
- Jamie Karpman, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, Jacksonville Chapter
- Erum Kistemaker, Kistemaker Business Law Group, Volusia/Flagler Chapter
- Katherine Kiziah, State of Florida Office of the Attorney General, Palm Beach Chapter
- Heather Kolinsky, HMKLaw, P.A., Central Florida Chapter
- Laura Jo Lieffers, Moyer Law Group, Pinellas Chapter
- Stacey D. Mullins, Schuttler, Greenberg & Mullins, South Palm Beach Chapter
- Kelly Pena, Ogletree Deakins, Miami-Dade Chapter
- Jenny Sieg, Sieg & Cole, P.A., Pasco & Pinellas Chapters
- Lisa Jo Spencer, Lisa Jo Spencer, PA, Okaloosa Chapter
- The Honorable Elizabeth Starr, Ninth Judicial Circuit, Central Florida Chapter
- Jennifer Sullivan, Guilday, Simpson, West, Hatch, Lowe & Roane, P.A., Tallahassee Chapter
- Heather Tyndall-Best, State of Florida Department of Management Services, Tallahassee Chapter
- Rebecca Vaccariello, Salvatori, Wood, Buckel, Carmichael & Lottes, Collier Chapter
- Alicia Welch, United States Attorney’s Office Southern District of Florida, Miami-Dade Chapter
On behalf of the recipients, nominees, and all of the members of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, we want to thank the members of the committee for their tireless efforts and sincere devotion to the important task of reviewing dozens of nominations and hundreds of pages of supporting documents.