Attorney of the Year Recipients

Honorable Patricia Kelly
2018

Elizabeth Diaz
2017

Commissioner Denise Motter
2016

Joyce E. Dudley, SB Co. D.A.
2015

Renee J. Nordstrand
2014

Commissioner Pauline Maxwell
2013

Louise La Mothe
2012

Honorable Donna D. Geck
2011

Ellen Goodstein
2010

Honorable Colleen Sterne
2009

Christie Stanley
2008

Kristine Mollenkopf
2007

Betty Jeppesen
2006

Janet Vining Mitchell
2005

Ann Gormican Anderson
2004

Honorable Denise De Bellefeulle
2003

Janean Acevdo Daniels
2002

Catherine J. Swysen
2000

Susan McCollum
1999

Hannah-Beth Jackson
1998

Susan Trescher
1997

Deborah Talmage
1996

Attorney of the Year Nominations

CALLING NOMINATIONS FOR SBWL ATTORNEY OF THE YEAR

Do you know an attorney who is a stand out among legal professionals in Santa Barbara County?  SBWL is seeking nominations for the Deborah Talmage Attorney of the Year Award, to be presented during SBWL’s Annual Dinner, December 9, 2019.  The Award annually honors an outstanding legal professional who is dedicated to the advancement and success of women; who mentors his or her colleagues and other women; who personifies professional excellence and a commitment to the highest level of ethics; who has shown a commitment to the community; and/or who has achieved professional excellence.  The awardee’s name is engraved on a permanent plaque displayed at the historic Santa Barbara Superior Court.

Nominations due by October 18, 2019

Introducing “FEMALE FRIENDLY” AND “FAMILY FRIENDLY” LAW FIRM AWARDS AND CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

SBWL is dedicated to recognizing law firms (including all organizations, agencies or other practices) that are committed to promoting gender equality and work-life balance.  SBWL is proud to present two new awards to recognize law firms that are progressing on these important aspects of our profession.  If you are interested in nominating a law firm, please provide a brief explanation about how the law firm implements the following criteria, including any relevant excerpts of employee or operating manuals as to your law firm’s policies.  **All responses will be kept confidential.

Criteria for Female Friendly Law Firm Award

  1. Gender equity among the firm’s hiring levels
  2. Representation of women in a firm’s leadership and promotions
  3. Extent to which a firm is committed to equitable training and mentorship

Criteria for Family Friendly Law Firm Award

  1. The structure and expectations surrounding billable hours and compensation at a firm
  2. The availability and use of parental and family accommodations
  3. The availability and use of part-time, flexible full-time and remote work schedules

Nominations due by October 18, 2019