NAMWOLF Lauds Efforts to Spur Competition and Diversity in Legal Procurements

NAMWOLF applauds the new proposed policy of Executive Order 10 Task Force to promote the utilization of law firms that have a history of hiring, training and promoting and retaining minority and women attorneys.

Milwaukee, WI, June 03, 2009 --( On May 11, 2009 Governor David A. Patterson’s Executive Order 10 Task Force set forth to implement new policies to encourage and promote legal services by minority and women-owned law firms.

In a press release issued by Paul T. Williams Jr., Chairman of the Task Force stated, “The best practices put forward today by the Task Force mark a bright new day in the way state authorities will engage and evaluate law firms. With outside law firms, we want the best and brightest which, starting today, will include those who understand the substantial benefits of bringing a diverse team to the table.”

The National Association of Minority and Women-Owned law firms (“NAMWOLF”) reported an increase of New York Public Entities joining their Corporate and Public Entity Program in 2007 and 2008. The program, created six years ago, recognizes companies aiming to spend a minimum of five percent of their outside counsel budgets with certified minority and women-owned law firms. There is no cost to join the program. More than 150 corporations and public entities have enrolled in the program, including New York’s public entities: New York Power Authority, New York State Housing Finance Agency, New York City Law Department and New York State Dormitory Authority

“Governor Patterson’s administration makes continued strides to level the playing field for minority and women-owned law firms. The administration’s continued dedication to opening doors for less-recognized firms is outstanding and speaks to the current change in climate we are facing in the United States.” Yolanda Coly, Managing Director of NAMWOLF said.

NAMWOLF is a nonprofit trade association comprised of minority and women-owned law firms and other interested parties throughout the United States. NAMWOLF promotes diversity in the legal professional by fostering the development of long lasting relationships between established minority and women-owned law firms and corporate and public entities.

For more information about NAMWOLF or its Corporate and Public Entities Partnering Program, please contact Yolanda Coly at 414-277-1139 or email her at

NAMWOLF’s Fifth Annual Meeting and Law Firm Expo will be held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers in Chicago, Illinois on October 5 and 6, 2009.

The National Association of Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms
Tiffany Weber