The Ada Sawyer Award: The Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association’s Recognition of Women Lawyers, 619 RIBJ, RIBJ, 67 RI Bar J., No. 6, Pg. 25

Author:Kelly I. McGee, Esq. Associate General Counsel, Lifespan, Providence Vice-President, Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association
Position:Vol. 67 6 Pg. 25
 
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The Ada Sawyer Award: The Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association’s Recognition of Women Lawyers

Vol. 67 No. 6 Pg. 25

Rhode Island Bar Journal

June, 2019

May, 2019

Kelly I. McGee, Esq. Associate General Counsel, Lifespan, Providence Vice-President, Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association

In 1920, after a three-year court battle, Ada Lewis Sawyer became the first female lawyer in the state of Rhode Island. In Ada Sawyer’s case, the Rhode Island Supreme Court ruled that the word “person” in the bar rules, with respect to admission, referred to a woman as well as a man, and Ada Sawyer paved the way for women lawyers in Rhode Island.

Each year the Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association (RIWBA) presents the Ada Sawyer Award in recognition of Ada Sawyer’s step forward for gender equality. The Ada Sawyer Award recognizes women who exemplify the mission of the RIWBA - the promotion and enhancement of the status of women in our community and in the legal profession.

The RIWBA began giving the Ada Sawyer Award in 1995. Those women who have received the Award are not only distinguished in their areas of expertise, but have mentored those women lawyers who came after them.

The past recipients of the Ada Sawyer Award are:

1995 – Barbara Margolis

1996 – Lynette Labinger

1997 – Carolyn Mannis

1998 – Margaret Lynch-Gadaleta

1999 – Margaret Curran

2000 – Justice Alice Gibney

2001 – Marilyn Shannon McConaghy

2002 – Justice Haiganush R. Bedrosian

2003 – Justice Victoria Lederberg

2004 – M. Teresa Paiva-Weed

2005 – Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg

2006 – Stacey Pires-Veroni

2007 – Judge Patricia Moore

2008 – Denise Aiken

2009 – Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson

2010 – Tracy Baran

2011 – Justice Sandra A. Lanni

2012 – Patricia R. Recupero

2013 – Barbara Hurst

2014 – Donna...

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