About PAWL

The Polk Association for Women Lawyers was founded in 2017 as the Polk County chapter of the statewide Florida Association for Women Lawyers.  PAWL strives to uphold the highest standard of integrity, honor, and courtesy in the legal profession, promote reform in law, and facilitate the administration of justice by promoting the leadership roles of members in the legal profession, judiciary, and community at large.  PAWL is also an affiliate of the Young Lawyer's Division of the Florida Bar.


PAWL's Annual History Month Luncheon

This year's theme was Celebrating Women's Stories. Our sponsors selected women in law that inspired them and that have paved the way for other women. We chose to celebrate their stories by creating this inspiring video. 

PAWL and PCTLA raise $3,848.59 for charity!

Corks for a Cause was a tremendous success! Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Peterson & Myers, all proceeds benefitted our charities, Florida Breast Cancer Foundation and the Women's Care Center in Bartow. Thank you to Obscure Wine Co. for hosting and to everyone who donated gift baskets, including Southern Atlantic Law Group, Burnetti, P.A., Davidson of Dundee, Caleb Sturgis, Candice Dixon, Ron Schulley, Saray N. Ravello, & Moody Law, P.A.  

PAWL Donates School Supplies to the Polk Education Foundation

This year PAWL's back-to-school drive benefitted the Polk Education Foundation's Teacher Market. Our legal community was extremely generous with their donations and we were able to provide three carloads of school supplies for teachers and students in need. The PEF sent a heartfelt thank you. "So many families are struggling this year to purchase the supplies needed for school. Our desire is that students have the tools they need for school, eliminating worry, and allowing students to focus on learning. You are making a difference!" 

Thank you to everyone who donated and thank you to the following firms for providing supplies and/or serving as a drop off location: Brooks Law Group, Burnetti, Gray Robinson, Kaylor Law Group, Moody Law, the Public Defender's Office, Southern Atlantic Law Group, and the State Attorney's Office.

PAWL Receives the Outstanding Public Service  Program Award
(for the second consecutive year)!

The Florida Association for Women Lawyers awarded PAWL the Outstanding Public Service Award for 2021-22. In addition, member Lydia Zbreznj was recognized as a Leader in the Law. 

PAWL Receives Award for Public Service Program

PAWL was honored to be selected to receive the FAWL Outstanding Public Service Award for its Drive-By Holiday Parade in support of the residents of Bartow's Women's Care Center, a transitional housing facility for homeless women and children.

The City of Bartow Proclamation:

 March 11, 2020, is Polk Association for Women Lawyers Day!

hispanic female attorney and male mayor with flag
document proclaiming polk association for women lawyers day
Hispanic female attorney accepting award from Bartow mayor
PAWL President-Elect, Brenda P. Ramirez, accepts proclamation from Bartow Mayor
PAWL president accepts award from two YLD officers with Facebook description of event to right

PAWL awarded YLD Small Affiliate Chapter of the Year

The Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar AOC Conference, January 2020

plaque honoring PAWL
10 female attorney board members with award
Poster-style image with headshots of awards finalists
PAWL named 2019 ATHENA Awards finalist
ten professional women standing at luncheon
PAWL hosts Bar President at Women's History Month Event
six professional women lawyers and judge plus baby at ribbon cutting for lactation room
PAWL opens lactation room in Bartow courthouse
photo of appellate judge taking oath of office before other judges
audience and judges watching investiture of a circuit and county judge

PAWL has been honored to participate in state-court investitures of its judicial members at the appellate, circuit, and county levels.

PAWL hosts oral arguments for the Second DCA
four professional women and moderator at luncheon
PAWL hosts Know Your Worth luncheon
collage of attorneys and hurricane supplies collected
PAWL collects hurricane-relief supplies