Women lawyers to Capitol Hill: Hire us

When Bush Seyferth Paige attorney Erinn Dougherty DePorre heads to Washington D.C. in October, she will have just one simple request of the nation’s lawmakers: consider hiring women- and minority-owned law firms.

DePorre and other members of The National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) want to be sure that the federal government is going to adhere to mandates that specify that nearly all government contracts of more than $3,000 and less than $100,000 be reserved for certified small businesses, as well as to the recently passed House Financial Reform Bill, H.R. 4173, which includes a section regarding the inclusion of minorities and women.

Now is a crucial time to make sure that minority- and women-owned firms land government contracts, due to the large number of contracts being awarded DePorre said.

“If you look at it statistically, how much money the government spends on professional services, it’s a big part of the budget,” she said. “It’s $64.1 billion in the 2008 budget, and it’s even more this year. Our goal when we go to Washington is to introduce key members of the administration to NAMWOLF, and let them know that we’re out there, and we’re qualified.”

While they’re in D.C., NAMWOLF will award one lawmaker the Social Equality and Justice Award. Though DePorre couldn’t name the lawmaker, she did say that it’s someone who has made efforts to seek out opportunities to include minority- and women-owned businesses for government contracts.


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