WHAT IS NAMWOLF?
The National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms
(NAMWOLF), founded in 2001, is a nonprofit trade association comprised
of a select group of preeminent minority and women-owned law firms and
other interested parties. NAMWOLF is focused on being the leading
organization in the legal profession dedicated to diversity through
developing lasting partnerships between minority and women-owned law
firms and private/public entities.
HOW DO WE WORK?
NAMWOLF actively advocates for the retention of minority and
women-owned law firms by public entities and corporations. Meaningful
business relationships are created through NAMWOLF events, corporate
initiatives and the cultivation of strategic opportunities for our law
firms. NAMWOLF stays current on all developments and research regarding
diversity and inclusion, corporate and government retention of outside
legal services and law firm management and innovation. The organization
actively participates in legal conferences advocating for its members
and speaking on issues related to increasing diversity within the legal
profession. NAMWOLF uses its resources to assist our firms in
cultivating lasting relationships through marketing, outreach campaigns,
social media and partnership development.
BENEFITS OF JOINING
Referrals: The latest research on diversity in the
legal profession shows that minority and women-owned law firms struggle
to make lasting connections with major corporate clients and government
agencies. Through our strategic partnerships and initiatives, NAMWOLF
strives to connect corporate counsel with NAMWOLF firms who fit
Networking: NAMWOLF brings together corporate
counsel and M/WBE (Minority/Women Business Enterprise) law firms at our events which offer face-to-face
interaction not found at other industry conferences and events.
Additionally, corporate counsel who attend our events network with one
another and discuss best practices for diversity and inclusion within
their legal departments.
Marketing: NAMWOLF produces a variety of nationwide
marketing services via materials and correspondence created for
corporate counsel. In addition, the NAMWOLF database of law firm
members is actively used by corporations in submitting RFPs for legal
services and selecting local counsel on a variety of matters. In
addition, through our events, law firm members have an opportunity to
meet and connect with corporate counsel who desire diversity within
their outside counsel representation.
NAMWOLF uses a detailed vetting process to determine law firm
admission. NAMWOLF staff performs independent research on each
prospective firm focused on a firm’s MBW, WBE and/or LGBT status; reputation; references; any disciplinary action; awards/recognition; and practice
area expertise. After the firm’s application is complete and verified,
the Law Firm Admissions Committee, comprised of corporate counsel and
law firm members, reviews the collected materials and makes a
recommendation to the Board of Directors with whom the final decision
Criteria for Membership and Application
About Certification & Ratings
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Office Manager & Membership Coordinator