NAMWOLF Lauds Governor Paterson and Executive Director Paul Williams for Increasing Opportunities for Minority and Women Owned Businesses

The National Association of Minority and Women-Owned law firms (NAMWOLF) applauds Governor David Patterson and his administration’s plan to increase opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses.

New York, NY, February 25, 2010 --( Since Governor Paterson, implemented the plan “Bold Steps to the New Economy: A Jobs Plan for the People of New York”, revenues to MWBEs in New York State have increased by $100 million dollars and the state MWBE certification time period has reduced from two years to 90 days.

Paul Williams, Executive Director of Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) was appointed by Governor Paterson as Chair of The Task Force which has increased participation of MWBE underwriting and financial services professionals in New York State. The increase in MWBE utilization has resulted in the establishment of new firms and the growth of existing firms in New York.

“NAMWOLF is honored to have DASNY and the Housing Finance Agency as our Partners”, said Yolanda Coly, Managing Director of NAMWOLF. “For too long minority and women owned firms have been shut out of business opportunities. Governor Paterson’s implementation of the MWBE Task Force is a tremendous step forward for minority and women owned businesses”.

The National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms ( was founded in June 2001. Headquartered in Milwaukee, NAMWOLF is a national trade association comprised of minority and women-owned law firms who exhibit excellence in the legal profession. The primary aim of the organization is to advocate for the increased utilization of minority and women-owned law firms by major corporations and public entities throughout the United States.

For more information about NAMWOLF, please contact Yolanda Coly at 414-277-1139 or email her at

NAMWOLF’s Sixth Annual Meeting and Law Firm Expo will be held in Washington DC, October 4- 6, 2010.

The National Association of Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms
Natasha Florence