Awards

The CDWBA seeks nominations for its annual awards to be presented at our Installation Dinner in June 2017. Nominations must be submitted in duplicate to the CDWBA Awards Committee Chair, Beth Carey at Ganz Wolkenbreit and Siegfeld, LLP, 1 Columbia Circle, Albany NY 12203, postmarked no later than April 14, 2017 or emailed to bec@gwlaw.com.  The Nomination Form has been sent via our weekly eblast.  If you did not receive our weekly eblast, please email awards@cdwba.org to obtain a copy of the nominations form or download it here.  To obtain the form for the Carol S. Knox Family Friendly Employer Award,  please email awards@cwba.org to obtain a copy of the nominations form or download it here.

Please note that a short paragraph about why the person is qualified for the award is all that is necessary. Other materials, such as a nominee’s resume, biography, supporting letters of recommendation, awards received, and news items can be helpful, but are not required to nominate someone.

Hon. Judith S. Kaye Distinguished Attorney Member Award

This award honors an outstanding attorney member for a singular outstanding achievement, longstanding significant involvement, or a lifetime of constancy of purpose in advancing the status of women in the law and in society.  The stated criteria for the award are: member of the CDWBA; achievement of professional excellence, or a provider of significant service to CDWBA and/or the community; some degree of leadership in the community or CDWBA; a mentor to young people and newly admitted attorneys; and an advocate of women in society and in the legal profession.  This is the highest award bestowed by the CDWBA on a member.

Distinguished Non-Attorney Member Award

This award honors an outstanding non-attorney member who has achieved professional excellence and distinguished herself by service to the CDWBA and the community.  The stated criteria for the award are:   member of the CDWBA; a provider of significant service to the CDWBA; a provider of significant service to the community; some degree of leadership in the community or CDWBA; a mentor to young people and new non-attorneys in the legal profession; and an advocate of women in society and in the legal profession.

Kimberly A. Troisi-Paton Leadership Award

This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated an enduring commitment to the CDWBA and/or the community through consistent leadership, perseverance, and selfless dedication to the greater good.  The recipient is typically an “unsung hero” who leads by example and whose contributions provide sustainability to the CDWBA, to the community and/or to women in general.  The recipient’s volunteer or community activities are often undertaken in balance with devotion to family and friends, and she is typically someone whose impact is far greater or wide-ranging than she expected it to be.  The nominee may be either a lawyer or a non-lawyer.  Preference will be given to women nominees and to members of the CDWBA, however, consideration may be given to others provided that they meet the award criteria and their volunteer activities and contributions to the community are particularly exemplary and/or have benefitted women in general or the CDWBA.

Outstanding New Lawyer Award

This award is to be given to a CDWBA member who, as of December 31, 2016, has been a member of the bar for not more than five (5) years, and who has made noteworthy contributions to the CDWBA, and outstanding achievements within the profession and/or outstanding contributions to the community.

Carol S. Knox Family Friendly Employer Award

This award is given each year to a legal employer in the Capital District that demonstrates a strong commitment to family friendliness by maintaining policies and practices that assist its employees in achieving balance between their work and family commitments.  This award is in memory of Carol S. Knox, a longtime member of the CDWBA and devoted mother, who cared passionately about the need to improve family friendliness in the legal profession.   To submit information for this award, please email bec@gwlaw.com.  To obtain a copy of the nominations form please email administrator@cdwba.org or download it here.