Awards Program & Dinner Gala

About our Awards Program & Gala

The WWCDA Awards Program recognizes women and men and groups who have made a difference in the White Collar area, including Defense, Government Enforcement, Investigations, and Compliance. The awards honor those whose efforts have enhanced white collar practice while making the field more diverse and equitable, or who otherwise have used their platforms to support women in the practice.  The five WWCDA Awards are presented annually at the WWCDA Awards Dinner Gala held in Washington, D.C. at the end of the year on the first Tuesday evening after the U.S. Thanksgiving Day.  The 2021 Awards Gala will be held virtually, however, on the evening of December 7 due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.   Details to follow. 

Award Categories

The WWCDA Champion Award

The recipient of this award will be an individual who has made a difference or reached an achievement in the White Collar area — including defense, government enforcement, other investigations, or compliance — while advancing or helping women. There are no WWCDA membership or gender requirements for this award.

The WWCDA Group Award

This award will be given to a group from within a company, firm, or other organization that has demonstrated achievement in the White Collar area — including defense, government enforcement, other investigations, or compliance — while advancing or helping women. There are no WWCDA membership or gender requirements for this award.

The WWCDA Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Award

In honor of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, this award will be given annually to a female law student in the final year of her legal education who best exemplifies Justice Ginsburg’s commitment to excellence, perseverance, resilience, extraordinary work ethic, and tireless efforts to ensure justice for all in the eyes of the law. Honoring Justice Ginsburg

The WWCDA Catherine M. O’Neil Mentoring Award

In honor of the late Cathy O’Neil and in commemoration of her leadership in and dedication to mentoring lawyers, this award will be given to an aspiring junior member of WWCDA. This award will include a continuing education stipend that has been fully funded by the law firm of King & Spalding, where Cathy was a partner in the Special Matters and Government Investigations Group. Cathy was the founding leader of the Atlanta Chapter of WWCDA.

The WWCDA Laurie A. Miller Leadership Award for the Advancement of Women in White Collar Defense

In honor of the late Laurie A. Miller, this award will be given to a current or former member of WWCDA who best exemplifies Laurie’s groundbreaking leadership in White Collar defense and in advancing women in the practice. Laurie was a founding member of WWCDA. This award was launched in 2018 when WWCDA surprised Co-Founder and Global Chair Karen Popp as the first recipient. 


More Information

For more details about the Awards Program, Submitting a Nomination, the Gala, or Sponsorship Opportunities for the Gala, please send an email to awards@wwcda.org.

Sponsor the Awards Gala

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Sponsor Information

Submit A Nomination

To nominate an individual or group for one of the five WWCDA awards, please complete the form online at the link below or print the pdf form below and send to awards@wwcda.org.

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Online Nomination Form

PDF Nomination Form

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