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DRI Names Recipients of the Mary Massaron Award for the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession

  • by Glenda Weaver
  • Jan 16, 2020, 12:17 PM

Presidents of Four Sister Organizations Recognized


CHICAGO ­– (January 16, 2020) – DRI -The Voice of the Defense Bar has named four recipients of its Mary Massaron Award for the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession for the 2019-2020 year. The four will serve as presidents of their respective sister organizations during the 2019-2020 year.

Named were Lori V. Berke, Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, Emily G. Coughlin, DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, Elizabeth F. Lorell, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, and Amy Sherry Fischer, International Association of Defense Counsel.

This award is created for a person who stands as an innovator and role model and one who has made significant efforts to advance women in the legal profession.  The award is presented annually to a DRI member or members who have demonstrated a high regard for diversity and a commitment to advocating the inclusion and promotion of women as well as fostering women’s initiatives and actively promoting positive mentoring relationships with other women in the legal profession.

The award will be presented at the Women in the Law Seminar Awards Luncheon on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

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