Women in the Profession Committee


The Committee on Women in the Profession concerns itself with issues related to the careers and advancement of women in the practice of law in the Philadelphia area. It monitors existing conditions and trends, conducts special programs and makes recommendations that aid in the achievement of its goals, including but not limited to, the adoption of model employee policies and any amendments thereto. In addition, the Committee considers the impact on the profession of the increasing numbers of women attorneys.

To apply for Committee membership online, click here.


Catherine Barbieri
Fox Rothschild LLP
2000 Market Street, 20th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 299-2839

Michele R. Punturi
Marshall Dennehey
2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 575-2724

Neelima Vanguri
Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C.
1835 Market Street, Suite 515
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 569-1999

Sandra Day O'Connor Award

The Sandra Day O'Connor Award was named in honor of the first woman Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and is given annually to an outstanding woman attorney in the Philadelphia area. The recipient is expected to exemplify the qualities that Justice O'Connor has demonstrated in her life and work. Therefore, the Award Committee gives preference to those nominees who have achieved prominence and the highest degree of professional excellence in their field over a sustained period and who have openly and visibly used their position and stature in the community to mentor, promote and advance other women lawyers.

Award Criteria

  • Female attorney with law practice or other professional activities in Philadelphia.
  • A career path that demonstrates superior legal talent and ability characterized by unique contributions to and significant achievements within the legal community.
  • Advocacy for the advancement and equal treatment of women in the profession, as well as the community.
  • A reputation for mentoring other women in the profession.

The award has previously been presented to:

  • 1993 - U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro
  • 1994 - Juanita Kidd Stout, former justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • 1995 - Deborah R. Willig, first woman Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association
  • 1996 - Professor Marina Angel, of the Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • 1997 - Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Dolores K. Sloviter (former Chief Judge)
  • 1998 - U.S. District Court Judge Anita B. Brody
  • 1999 - Leslie Anne Miller, first woman president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • 2000 - Lila G. Roomberg of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP
  • 2001 - Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Judge Judith J. Jamison (posthumously)
  • 2002 - Ellen T. Greenlee, chief defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia
  • 2003 - Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Audrey C. Talley
  • 2004 - U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell
  • 2005 - Former Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Phyllis W. Beck
  • 2006 - Roberta D. Pichini of Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner, Weinstock & Dodig
  • 2007 - Lynn A. Marks, executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts
  • 2008 - Roberta D. Liebenberg of Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C.
  • 2009 - JoAnne Epps, dean of Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • 2010 - Stephanie Resnick, partner at Fox Rothschild LLP
  • 2011 - U.S. District Court Judge Cynthia M. Rufe
  • 2012 - Jane Leslie Dalton, former Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association
  • 2013 - PA Superior Court Judge Anne E. Lazarus
  • 2014 - Hon. Sandra Mazer Moss, The Dispute Resolution Institute
  • 2015 - Catherine C. Carr, former executive director of Community Legal Services
  • 2016 - Senior Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe
  • 2017 - Carol E. Tracy, executive director of Women's Law Project
  • 2018 - Hon. Jacqueline F. Allen
  • 2019 - Kathleen D. Wilkinson
  • 2020 - Judge Kathryn Streeter Lewis

Board Adopts Call to Action and Best Practice Resolution

The Bar Association's Board of Governors adopted at its September 2007 meeting a Resolution endorsing the Call to Action and Best Practices for the Retention and Promotion of Women Attorneys.