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2015- 2016 Committee Chair Listing


The National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms has seven committees. Members are appointed by the Board of Directors. New members can be appointed throughout the year. If you have any comments, suggestions, or helpful information, please feel free to contact the Committee Chair(s).

Admissions & Law Firm Membership Committee

Chairs: Sandy Sakamoto, and Barbara Stevens,

Mission: The Admission & Law Firm Membership Committee establishes criteria and guidelines for law firms seeking membership in NAMWOLF, subject to approval by the Board. The Admissions & Law Firm Membership Committee evaluates all law firms that seek regular membership in the Association and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding admission or rejection of law firm applicants. How to Join: By invite only. Please contact Richard Amador or Barbara Stevens for additional information.

Nominating Committee

Chair: Robin Wofford,

Mission: The Nominating Committee shall have all responsibility for identifying and nominating potential Board members for Board of Directors’ consideration. To the extent practicable, the Nominating Committee shall consider geographic and ethnic diversity as well as diversity of legal practice.  How to Join: By invite only. Please contact Robin Wofford for additional information.

Finance Committee

Chair: Lisa Love,

Mission: The Finance Committee shall provide direction to the Board of Directors for fiscal responsibility. As part of its regular duties, the Finance Committee will regularly review the Organization’s revenues and expenditures, balance sheet, investments and other matters related to solvency; prepare the annual budget for the Board of Directors approval; ensure the maintenance of an appropriate capital structure; and oversee the maintenance of polices for the prudent management of organizational finances and investments. How to Join: By invite only. Please contact Lisa Love for additional information.

Membership Engagement & Outreach

Chairs: Andrew Karamouzis, and Sandy Sakamoto,

This Committee keeps NAMWOLF active and involved within the organization.  Assists with new member mentor program, recruiting new members, cross marketing and website development.  The goal is to keep the members active and improving networking. How to Join: Please contact Andrew Karamouzis or Sandy Sakamoto for information on how to join this committee.

Advocacy Committee

Chairs:  Sheryl L. Axelrod, and Martin Greene,

The NAMWOLF Advocacy Committee is a closed committee appointed by the NAMWOLF Board of Directors and co-chairs who work on the committee in conjunction with NAMWOLF Chair of the Board of Directors Robin Wofford and CEO Joel Stern.  The Committee's dual mission is: (1) to advocate nationwide for the greater inclusion of minority and women owned law firms; and (2) serve as legal counsel to the NAMWOLF Board of Directors.

National Development Committee

Chair:  John Murdock,

Vice-Chair: Katie Pothier

The National Development Committee began in 2013 to set the strategy and tone, the forms, and structure in an effort to help NAMWOLF staff members pursue sponsorship and vendorship.  The Committee also assists in obtaining those sponsorship and vendorship funds as coordinated with the NAMWOLF staff members.  As overall costs rise and NAMWOLF attracts additional in house corporate counsel who attend at no cost, sponsorship and vendorship funds become even more important.  The meetings are typically held once monthly and at the Business Meeting and the membership of the Committee includes board members, law firm members and corporate in house members. How to Join: Please contact John Murdock for information on joining this committee.

Meetings Committee

Chair: Elizabeth “Lizz” Patrick,


The Meetings Committees lays the foundation for the NAMWOLF Business and Annual Meetings.  The Committee works to select locations for upcoming meetings, leadership that is imperative to the success of the meetings and works to make sure NAMWOLF continues to raise the bar on our events. How to Join: By invite only. Please contact Elizabeth “Lizz” Patrick for additional information.

Communications Committee

Co-Chairs:  Janice Brown, and Justi Miller,

150 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 800
Chicago, IL 60601

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