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On December 3, 2014, the Executive Board of the Lawyers' Association for Women - Marion Griffin Chapter established the Martha Craig Daughtrey Award and the Rising Star Award.

The Martha Craig Daughtrey Award recognizes active LAW members who model personal and professional achievement in the practice of law. Like Judge Daughtrey, recipients of this Award have promoted the visibility of women in the legal field and have personally encouraged female lawyers to excel. Recipients of this Award have a minimum of fifteen years of legal work experience, are held in the highest professional esteem, and demonstrate a career-long commitment to personal, professional, and community responsibilities.

The LAW Rising Star Award recognizes active LAW members who truly are “ones to watch” because of their contributions to the profession, the association, and the community. Recipients of this Award have less than fifteen (15) years of legal work experience, are held in the highest professional esteem, and show promise of leadership in the future.

Applications for the 2023 awards are available Here.



Judge Martha Craig (Cissy) Daughtrey

Recipients of the Martha Craig Daughtrey Award


2015 Judge Aleta Trauger


2016 Margaret L. Behm


 2017 Justice Cornelia A. (Connie) Clark


2018 Chancellor Patricia Head Moskal



2019 Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman



 2020 Chancellor Anne C. Martin



2022 Barbara J. Moss

2023 Judge Marietta M. Shipley





Recipients of the Rising Star Award


2015 Laura Baker

2016 Elizabeth Sitgreaves


2017 Ashonti T. Davis

2018 Jennifer Bonilla Moreno

2019 LaTonnsya Burney


2020 Shellie Handelsman


2022 Christen Blackburn


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