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NAMWOLF Establishes New Partnership to Support Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms

Eli Lilly and Company becomes a member of The National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) as a Corporate Partner.

Indianapolis, IN, June 16, 2011—The National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) announces today that Eli Lilly and Company has joined the association’s Corporate and Public Entity Partnering Program (CPEPP). The program encourages corporations and public entities to utilize minority and women-owned law firms as part of their outside legal. Lilly joins more than 140 CPEPP members committed to spending at least 5% of their outside legal budget with M/WBE firms.

"With reports indicating that the economy is disproportionately affecting minorities and women in the legal profession,” says Yolanda Coly, NAMWOLF’s Senior Director of Advocacy & Development, "we are extremely pleased that Lilly recognizes the value of supporting minority and women-owned 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.

About Eli Lilly and Company

Eli Lilly and Company, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing portfolio of pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific organizations. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides answers – through medicines and information – for some of the world’s most urgent medical needs. For additional information refer to


The National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms ( is a nonprofit trade association comprised of minority and women-owned law firms and other interested parties throughout the United States. NAMWOLF is dedicated to identifying best practices for major corporations to increase diversity in utilization of outside counsel.

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