2021 Awards Virtual Gala


December 7, 2021 

The 2021 WWCDA Awards Gala was held virtually December 7, 2021 to celebrate and honor those whose efforts have enhanced the white collar practice by making it more diverse and equitable through the support of women in this field.  The warm and entertaining program included notable speakers, greetings from WWCDA chapter members from around the world and recognition of WWCDA Trailblazers. 

2021 WWCDA Award Winners

  • The WWCDA Champion Award - Sally Q. Yates, former Acting U.S. Attorney General
  • The WWCDA Group Award - Merck & Co., Inc.
  • The WWCDA Laurie A. Miller Leadership Award for the Advancement of Women in White Collar Defense - Jamie S. Gorelick, former U.S. Deputy Attorney General
  • The WWCDA Catherine M. O'Neil Mentoring Award - Jillian Trezza, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • Inaugural WWCDA Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Outstanding Law Student Award - Sara Wood, Tulane University Law School

Master of Ceremonies

Leslie Caldwell
Former Assistant Attorney General – Leslie R. Caldwell (Partner, Latham Watkins)

Guest Speakers Included:

  • Google Chief Legal Officer,  Kent Walker
  • Merck General Counsel, Jennifer Zachary
  • Former U.S. Attorney General,  Loretta E. Lynch (Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison)
  • Former SEC Chair, Mary Jo White (Senior Chair, Debevoise & Plimpton)
  • Former U.S. Solicitor General, Donald B. Verrilli Jr. (Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson)
  • Former SEC Director of Enforcement, Andrew Ceresney (Co-Chair of the Litigation, Debevoise & Plimpton)
  • Former General Counsel of Goldman Sachs, Karen Patton Seymour (Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell and Member of its Management Committee)
  • Dean David Meyer (Tulane University Law School)

2021 Awards Gala Recap

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2021 Award Recipients

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Press Release: WWCDA Announces Recipients of 2021 WWCDA Awards Recognizing Women Champions in White Collar Law.