Accenture, American Airlines, KeyCorp, FDIC, and Shell Oil Among NAMWOLF’s Inaugural Platinum Partners Award Recipients
Milwaukee, WI, September 16, 2011 –The National Association of Minority & Women-Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) today announces a new recognition program – Platinum Partners of NAMWOLF – which honors NAMWOLF’s Corporate and Public Entity Partners who succeed at spending a minimum of 5% of their outside counsel legal budget on minority and women-owned (MWBE) law firms. Accenture, American Airlines, KeyCorp, FDIC, and Shell Oil are the first recipients to be recognized with this significant distinction.
"These Platinum Partners are true examples of leadership and commitment to diversity in the legal profession,” states Jason L. Brown, NAMWOLF’s Executive Director and General Counsel. "We applaud these organizations for all that they have done and for the great things that lie ahead.”
For the past 10 years, NAMWOLF has been a champion for inclusion and diversity within the legal profession. One of its efforts is the creation of the Corporate and Public Entity Partnering Program (CPEPP), which serves to assist corporate counsel in identifying qualified MWBE law firms for outside legal work. The entities that are involved in this program set an aspirational goal of spending 5% of their outside legal budget on certified MWBE law firms.
"NAMWOLF has always supported our Partners by providing resources to assist them in pursuit of this goal, and now we are thrilled to celebrate the first Partners to receive the designation as Platinum Partners of NAMWOLF,” said Yolanda Coly, Sr. Director of Advocacy & Development.
The National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (www.namwolf.org) is a nonprofit trade association comprised of minority and women-owned law firms. Since 2001, NAMWOLF has been a bridge between corporate legal departments and M/WBE law firms. NAMWOLF is highly regarded in the profession for its vetting process of outside firms who undergo an extensive application and screening process to ensure they are of the highest quality. With access to NAMWOLF’s directory of law firms, corporations can select superior M/WBE law firms by area of practice and geographic location.