Miami School of Law Alumnae Lead the Way

Women were lawyers before they could vote. University of Miami graduates set the bar high and excel in their field.
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Pictured from left to right: Marianne Hurd Nation, J.D. ’82, Dorian Denburg, J.D. ’82, Georgie Angones, Laurie Rosen Riemer, J.D. ’82, Julie Feigles, J.D. ’82 & Hon. Laurel Isicoff, J.D. ’82

University of Miami School of Law alumna Dorian Denburg, J.D. ’82, Assistant Vice President - Senior Legal Counsel, AT&T, moderated a panel on Lawyers Leading - Reaching One Hand Forward While Extending the Other Hand Back, at the Mid-Year Meeting of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) at the W South Beach February 28 – March 2. 

Panelists included Hon. Marcia G. Cooke, District Judge, U.S. District Court, S.D. FL, Marlene Gordon, Vice President, General Counsel, Bacardi North America Corporation, Tammy L. Knight, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP and Michelle R. Suskauer, President-Elect, The Florida Bar.

Dorian Denburg was NAWL President 2010 - 2011 and was the first in-house counsel of a publicly-held corporation to hold that role. 

NAWL was founded in 1899; women were lawyers before they got the right to vote. IN 1869, Arabella Babb Mansfield became the first female lawyer admitted to a state bar.

The mission of the National Association of Women Lawyers is to provide leadership, a collective voice, and essential resources to advance women in the legal profession and advocate for the equality of women under the law.

Since 1899, NAWL has been empowering women in the legal profession, cultivating a diverse membership dedicated to equality, mutual support, and collective success.

During Dorian Denburg’s term, membership increased 30%, diversifying age, ethnicity, gender, practice area and range of employer, from in-house corporate, government, universities, medium and small firms and sole practitioners. 

After the NAWL meeting, these UM Law ‘Canes celebrated a mini-reunion with classmates, J. Laurel Isicoff, JD ’82, Julie Feigeles, JD ’82, Laurie Rosen Riemer, JD ’82, and Marianne Hurd Nation, JD ’82, and Assistant Dean, Alumni and Development, Georgie Angones. The women represent a full picture of the law profession: a bankruptcy judge, woman-owned firm, mediator/arbitrator, retired, in-house counsel, and academia.

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