The Awards Committee is charged with making recommendations for the award of The James M. Dennis Memorial Award and The William Nagle, Jr. Memorial Award. The James M. Dennis Memorial Award shall honor a member or members of the San Mateo County Bar Association for contributions to the profession and to the community at large. The William Nagle, Jr. Memorial Award shall honor a member or members of the San Mateo County Bar Association for service to the San Mateo County Bar Association.

WILLIAM NAGLE, Jr. Memorial Award

Presented in recognition of the attorney whose successful innovations and selfless commitment of time and energy advance the professionalism of the San Mateo County Bar Association.

1992 – Dorothy Wolfe 1993 – Melvin E. Cohn 1994 – William L. Nagle
1995 – P. Terry Anderlini 1996 – William F. Lanam 1997 – Robert L. DuRard
1998 – Carol L. Mittlesteadt 2002 – Peter G. Riechert 2004 – Bernard T. Cotter
2006 – Robert J. Lanzone 2007 – Cameron Miller 2008 – Lauren Zorfas
2009 – Hon. Walter Harrington, Jr. 2010 – Niall P. McCarthy 2011 – Adam C. Kent
2012 – Kristi Cotton Spence 2013 – Chuck Finney 2014 – Linda J. Noeske
2015 – Robert D. Vale 2016 – No recipient 2017 – Colleen E. McAvoy Posthumously
2018 – Sadhana “Sandy” Narayan

JAMES M. DENNIS Memorial Award

Presented in recognition of the attorney whose courage and determination, even in the face of adversity, contributes significantly to justice in the community and raises the ethical standards of the San Mateo County Bar Association.

1992 – Joseph Cotchett 1993 – Douglas J. Gray 1994 – Jack Robertson
1995 – Peter H. Reid 1996 – Eugene Majeski 1997 – George R. Corey
2000 – James P. Fox 2001 – Board of Directors,
SMC Legal Aid Society
2004 – Charles M. Riffle
2005 – Thomas C, Casey III 2006 – Glenn D. Martin 2008 – Paul Wendler
2009 – Charles Dyer 2011 – Jackie Speier 2012 – Sheila Purcell
2013 – Linda M. Gemello 2014 – Amanda L. Riddle 2015 – John S. Blackman
2016 – No recipient 2017 – Geoff T. Carr  2018 – John S. Digiacinto

DENNIS L. WOODMAN Memorial Award

Presented in recognition of the Private Defender who heedless of opposition and with ceaseless determination fights for those whose liberty or lives are in peril.

1993 – Philip S. Barnett 1994 – Geoffrey T. Carr 1995 – Kathy Jacomb
1996 – Gordon L. Rockhill 1997 – David M. Goldstein 1998 – Peter F. Goldscheider
1999 – Gary Merritt 2000 – Richard K. Keyes 2001 – William R. Johnston
2002 – Edward C. Pomeroy 2003 – Richard Halpern 2004 – Steven L. Schaiman
2005 – Myra Weiher 2006 – Patrick S. Concannon 2007 – Savas Loukedis
2008 – Charles M. Robinson 2009 – Dek Ketchum 2010 – Bonnie Miller
2011 – Steven A. Chase 2012 – Connie O’Brien 2013 – John K. May
2014 – John A. Halley 2015 – Jeffrey L. Boyarsky 2016 – Paul E. DeMeester
2017 – Kathryn D. Yolken  2018 – Kevin Nowack

LES WILLIAMS Diversity Award

The Les Williams Diversity Award (formally known as the Diversity Award) recognizes an individual or organization who has demonstrated a meaningful and consistent commitment to increasing and maintaining diversity in San Mateo County at all levels of the legal profession.

2011 – Joseph W. Cotchett, Jr. 2012 – Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley 2013 – Sadhana “Sandy” Narayan
2014 – Women Coaches of Mock Trial 2015 – Les Williams Posthumously  2016 – Nancy de Ita
2017 – Susan I. Etezadi 2018 – George R. Corey

 

ELINOR FALVEY Award

Elinor Farvey became the first female president of the San Mateo County Bar Association in 1950.  Each year, at the Women Lawyers Spring Judges’ Luncheon, we present the Elinor Falvey Award to a person or organization that advances the interests of women.  Nominations are based on: 1. Service to women lawyers practicing in San Mateo County, or law related achievement in San Mateo County, 2. Service to women lawyers in general or law related achievement in general, and 3. Service or achievement in areas of special concern to all women such as equal employment opportunity, domestic violence, child advocacy, child care, education or service to families.  To nominate someone please contact the Women Lawyers’ Section Chair.

1986 – Elinor Falvey (posthumous) 1987 – Hon. Margaret Kemp 1988 – Hon. Rosemary Pfeiffer
1989 – Hon. Barbara Mallach 1990 – Pat Sullivan 1991 – Battered Women’s Services
1992 – Schlichter 1993 – Hon. Linda Gemello 1994 – Hon. Susan Illston
1995 – Jackie Speier 1996 – Lempert 1995 – Jackie Speier
1996 – Lempert 1997 – No recipient 1998 – Reichel
1999 – Lynda Burton 2000 – Women’s Recovery Association 2001 – Sor Juana Inez
2002 – Elaine Tipton 2003 – Monica Rands 2004 – Stacey Hawver

(Legal Aid of San Mateo County)

2005 – Barbara Hammerman 2006 – Linda Noeske 2007 – CORA
2008 – Hon. Marta Diaz 2009 – Regina Deihl of LAPP

(Legal Advocates of Permanent Parenting)

2010 – Vivian Kral
2011 – Leticia Toledo 2012 – Nancy de Ita 2013 – Bay Area Legal Aid
2014 – Hon.Beth Freeman 2015 – Hon. Elizabeth Lee  2016 – Janet Seldon
2017 – Flora Garcia Sepulveda