New York, NY, December 23, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- The National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) lauds Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) Executive Director, Paul Williams, Jr., and Governor David Paterson for deciding to increase the utilization of minority and women owned firms in connection with upcoming bond issuances.
Governor Paterson appointed Paul Williams, Jr. as the Chair of the MWBE Task Force to increase the participation of minority and women owned firms in connection with the sale of New York State bonds. Members of the MWBE Task Force include heads of the DASNY, Environmental Facilities Corporation, Housing Finance Agency, Empire State Development Corporation, Thruway Authority and three members appointed by Governor Paterson. Under Paul Williams’ direction, the Task Force is developing a plan that would ensure every issuer of state-supported debt complies with inclusion and diversity goals. The Task Force is currently considering a 20% mwbe goal.
“NAMWOLF is honored to have DASNY and the Housing Finance Agency as our Partners. Through our Partnership Program, corporations and public entities agree to eventually commit 5% of its outside legal counsel spend with minority and women owned law firms. We are delighted that DASNY and the Housing Finance Agency are taking a larger role in providing more opportunities for all minority and women owned firms.
“For too long minority and women owned firms have been shut out of businesses. Governor Paterson’s implementation of the MWBE Task Force is a tremendous step forward for minority and women owned firms. As the Chairman of NAMWOLF, we are offering to assist the MWBE Task Force in identifying top-ranked minority and women owned law firms,” said Emery Harlan.
The National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (www.namwolf.org) was founded in June 2001. Headquartered in Milwaukee, NAMWOLF is a national trade association that advocates for promoting true diversity in the legal profession by fostering the development of long lasting relationships between preeminent minority and women owned law firms and private/public entities.