MILWAUKEE, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines has been named the 2009 winner of the Diversity Initiative Achievement Award by the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF).
Since 2003, American Airlines has more than doubled its spending with minority and women owned law firms. The Dallas-based airline has had a Minority Counsel Program for more than two decades and its Legal Department has been an active participant in diversity-related initiatives with other legal organizations. The company sponsors a pro bono program that provides free legal services to minority communities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and participates in a mentoring program for minority law students at the Texas Wesleyan University School of Law.
"At American Airlines, we know that diversity is absolutely essential to our success," said Andrea Clark, American Airlines Senior Employment Attorney and NAMWOLF Advisory Council Member. "We have made a long-term commitment to diversity and inclusion in every aspect of our business, and we are pleased and proud to be honored for our efforts by NAMWOLF."
The 2009 Diversity Initiative Achievement Award will be presented to American Airlines at the NAMWOLF Annual Meeting and Law Firm Expo in Chicago on October 7th.
"At American Airlines, diversity is more than just a goal," said Yolanda Coly, NAMWOLF Managing Director. "Diversity is the way the company does business. We are deeply grateful for American Airlines' commitment to diversity in the legal profession and proud to count them as a NAMWOLF partner in this important endeavor."
About American Airlines
American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection(R) serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, AA.com(R), provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld(R) Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve nearly 700 destinations in more than 130 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, We know why you fly and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR)
NAMWOLF is comprised of 75 certified MWBE firms located throughout the U.S. Firms are admitted to NAMWOLF only after undergoing a rigorous screening process -- overseen by in-house counsel -- requiring that firms be AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, have a record of successfully representing multiple institutional clients, and pass a detailed reference check with only superior recommendations from clients. NAMWOLF's Annual Meeting, held each fall, facilitates relationships between in-house counsel and member law firms.