Marilou Watson Receives 2020 Salute to Greatness Award

January 29, 2020 – Press Releases

Fox Rothschild LLP congratulates Marilou E. Watson, who was honored with a 2020 Salute to Greatness Award by the Trina Antoinette Adams Center for Keeping Children First, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides education and counseling services to improve childhood development.

In memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Salute to Greatness Awards recognizes “individuals, corporations and progressive organizations who epitomize and exemplify the hopes of his dream.” Watson was acknowledged for her efforts to advance legal education, serve the community and promote social justice and equality. She was presented the award by the Honorable Garrett Page, Judge – Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. Also in attendance at the award ceremony was the Honorable Wendy Rothstein and other members of the legal community.

Watson’s commitment to community service and promoting and celebrating diversity and inclusion is evident in every facet of her life both within the legal profession and extending far beyond to the community at large, where she mentors law students, young adults and at-risk youth while helping to shape early childhood education. She has worked on diversity issues at the highest levels — the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession and its Women of Color Research Committee — and at the granular level, in the mentorship program at Promise Academy at Martin Luther King High School in Philadelphia, Parkway Center City High School, as well as the Kensington Health Science Academy. Watson served on the board of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group for six years and was active in its efforts to promote diversity in the legal profession.

As a member of the Montgomery Bar Association’s Diversity Committee, she created the “Day in Court” program at the Montgomery County Courthouse. The program received a County Bar Recognition Award in 2013 from the Pennsylvania Bar Association for its impact on the future of the legal profession. It provides high school students the opportunity to observe a live court proceeding and meet with several county judges, public defenders, prosecutor, county detectives and County Commissioners.

Watson was named to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Women of Distinction” list in 2016, and its “Best of the Bar” list in 2017. She was also awarded the Justice Juanita Kidd Stout Woman of Distinction Award in 2018 by the Barristers Association of Philadelphia, and the Honorable Horace Davenport Diversity Award in 2019 by the Montgomery Bar Association.