Veronica Dunlap ’14—a graduate of the J.D./M.B.A. program—has been named a 2020 recipient of the Outstanding Public Service Award by the National Bar Association (NBA) Women Lawyers Division (WLD). The WLD was established in 1972 as a vehicle for women in the practice of law to address the issues and problems that particularly affect, interest, and concern African American women.
Annually, the WLD recognizes women lawyers for their outstanding achievements and select women are nominated for the following awards: outstanding corporate (in-house) counsel, outstanding solo/small firm, outstanding minority partner in majority firm, excellence in the judiciary, outstanding young lawyer, outstanding woman lawyer in politics, outstanding public service, and WLD hidden figure. Last year’s WLD Achievement Award recipients included Paulette V. Burton, the Honorable Kathie Davidson, and the Honorable Kariela R. Stewart.
Dunlap was honored this year alongside a number of attorneys and leaders in government, business, and media.
“In receiving this award, I am humbled and inspired to be in the company of accomplished women lawyers such as Sen. Kamala Harris, Congresswoman Terri Sewell, and legal correspondent Sunny Hostin,” Dunlap said.
“My years at Fordham Law School ingrained within me the principle of service and my greatest joy has been to serve the people in my community—for that I am forever grateful.”
Dunlap is the New York Program Director at ProBonoNet where she spearheads LawHelpNYC and related technology initiatives that empower New Yorkers in need to resolve their legal problems and strengthen the work of advocates serving them. She also serves as a mentor to pre-law students and has mentored students in the National Black MBA Association’s “CASH” college prep program.