Danielle Schweizer ’20 honored by National Association of Women Lawyers

Danielle Schweizer ’20 has been recognized by the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) with the Outstanding Law Student Award. Winners are selected for contributing to the advancement of women, promoting women’s issues in the legal profession, demonstrating tenacity and high academic achievement, and earning the respect of colleagues. 

According to Prof. Paula Monopoli, director of Maryland Carey Law’s Women, Leadership, and Equality Program, the recent graduate is a shining example of those qualities. In her final year of law school, Schweizer “displayed tremendous enthusiasm” as co-president of the student chapter of the Women’s Bar Association, organizing significant events for women students at the law schoolSchweizer was key organizer of a career workshop featuring a panel of recent graduates, judges, and representatives from the Maryland State Bar Association, Maryland Women’s Bar Association, and the Baltimore City Bar Association at which students practiced networking skills and had their resumes reviewed by attorneys.  

As executive notes and comments editor for the Journal of International Law, Schweizer was also involved with this year’s international law symposium, which featured a discussion of the role of gender in international law and the rise of populism. 

“Danielle made valuable contributions to enhance the professional advancement of women students at the law school,” wrote Monopoli in Schweizer’s nomination. “She is very deserving of the 2020 National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Student Award.” 

Notably, Schweizer was also selected to be a Rose Zetzer Fellow in Maryland Carey Law’s Women, Leadership, and Equality Program for the 2019-2020 academic year. As a fellow, she participated in a special applied workshop featuring guest speakers who offered practical strategies for promoting gender equality in the legal profession. Schweizer especially appreciated the class on negotiation in which she got to practice mock negotiations with other fellows, and discussions about diversity and intersectionality in the workplace, noting that it is critical for firms to embrace diversity of thought in order to better serve clients. Commenting on the fellows program, which emphasizes mentorship, Schweizer said it gave her confidence to “step up and say, ‘I’m ready to take on leadership roles.’” 

Hunkered down in her family’s New Jersey home during the coronavirus pandemic, Schweizer was surprised to learn she received the NAWL award, having been unaware that Monopoli nominated her. “I feel really honored,” said Schweizer, “She [Monopoli] is a wonderful professor and a great teacher and mentor to so many students, so the fact that she thought of nominating me for this was really special.” 

Additionally, Schweizer, who was a student attorney in the Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic, received a Public Service Award at graduation, recognizing students who, during their law school careers, have engaged in legal work that significantly advances the public interest. 

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