The Awards and Recognition Committee promotes awards for women who have made exemplary contributions to the legal profession and society. The Committee oversees nominations for the Lelia J. Robinson Award. Named after the first woman admitted to the Massachusetts bar, the Lelia J. Robinson Award has been presented by the WBA since 1994 to recognize women who, like Robinson, have captured the spirit of pioneering in the legal profession and have made a difference in the community. For reasons of confidentiality, members of the Awards and Recognition Committee are selected by the WBA President with guidance from the Executive Board.