Willamette law alumna honored for mentoring women lawyers

Willamette University College of Law alumna Elizabeth Martin JD'82 will receive the Washington Women Lawyers Passing the Torch Award in recognition of excellent mentoring of women in the law profession.

Martin is currently a Pierce County Superior Court judge, and a past co-president of the Washington Women Lawyers. She worked in the Gordon Thomas Honeywell law firm in Tacoma for 27 years before her appointment as judge by Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire.

According to the WWL board, "The Passing the Torch Award is particularly meaningful and is awarded to an individual who has gone above and beyond with regard to mentoring women lawyers and 'passing the torch' to others in a way that supports our WWL Mission Statement."

This mission is: "to further the full integration of women in the legal profession, and to promote equal rights and opportunities for women and to prevent discrimination against them."

Martin will receive the award Oct. 8 at the annual state banquet of the Washington Women Lawyers in Spokane, Wash.