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MWL Accepts the NCWBA Public Service Award for its Gender Data Project

Wednesday, August 5, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Debra Pexa

UPDATE: September 3, 2020


Minnesota Women Lawyers is pleased to announce that it has just been named a 2020 Minnesota Lawyer Diversity and Inclusion Award honoree, recognizing the MWL Gender Data Project.  Complete details about the award are available HERE.


Special thanks to the many MWL leaders and volunteers who made this nearly decade-long effort possible.  MWL is also honored to be among so many distinguished honorees, all engaged in the critical work of ED&I in our legal community.  Congratulations to all!


The 2020 Minnesota Lawyer Diversity and Inclusion Awards will be presented on November 5, 2020.










ORIGINAL POST: August 5, 2020


On July 31st, 2020, the National Conference of Women Bar Associations (NCWBA) presented its 2020 Public Service Award to Minnesota Women Lawyers for its Gender Data Project.  The Award was presented remotely at the Women’s Bar Leadership Summit. Adine Momoh, MWL Gender Data Project Chair and Partner at Stinson LLP, accepted the award on behalf of Minnesota Women Lawyers.


To view Adine's video acceptance remarks, click HERE.





On July 31, 2020 at the Women's Bar Leadership Summit, MWL received the National Conference of Women Bar Association's Public Service Award

for the MWL Gender Data Project.  Adine Momoh (right), current Gender Data Project Chair accepted the award on MWL's behalf.  



MWL is grateful to the many leaders and volunteers who made this decade-long effort possible, including our founding Parity Project Co-Chairs Judge Elizabeth Cutter, Adine Momoh, Judge Kathleen Sanberg and Kate Westad.  MWL particularly recognizes Adine Momoh who has continued to lead this project since its inception. 


MWL further recognizes the Minnesota Supreme Court for its continuing collection and reporting of both gender and race/ethnicity demographic data as part of its Annual Report of the Minnesota Judicial Branch.  MWL has also been honored to partner and collaborate with affinity bars and the greater legal community in advocating for this important demographic data.



Through comprehensive data collection, analysis and advocacy for nearly a decade, the MWL Gender Data Project has focused on a multitude of initiatives to clarify and better understand the number and status of women attorneys in Minnesota.  In looking forward, MWL will continue this important work, given that comprehensive and long-term data collection and analysis will be a vital component of efforts towards equity in the Minnesota legal profession. 

Initiated in 1985, the NCWBA Public Service Award is given to bar associations to recognize a wide variety of outstanding and unique public service projects. The types of projects which have won the Public Service Award over the years have taken many different forms and have approached “public service” in a variety of different ways.


The very first NCWBA Public Service Award was presented to the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles in 1985 by US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, as part of a “Women in Law” reception at the US Supreme Court.

The National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations (NCWBA) is a unique organization of women’s bar associations, for women’s bar associations, representing approximately 35,000 women lawyers.  It provides a national forum for exchanging ideas and information vital to organizational growth and success in today’s profession.

Please contact MWL Executive Director Debra Pexa (


Minnesota Women Lawyers is a statewide association of more than 1,200 diverse attorneys, judges, law students and legal employers, all dedicated to advancing the success of women attorneys and striving for a just society.  Since its inception in 1972, MWL has provided opportunities for members to advance EQUITY in the profession and beyond, build LEADERSHIP and professional development skills, and celebrate our collective COMMUNITY.  In looking forward, MWL will continue to address the changing needs of women in the legal profession through initiatives and activities that are guided by our mission and values.


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