Marilou Watson Receives Woman of Distinction Award

December 6, 2017

Fox Rothschild LLP is pleased to announce that partner Marilou E. Watson has been honored with the Justice Juanita Kidd Stout Woman of Distinction Award from The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia.

Presented to an outstanding woman attorney of color, this award highlights individuals who help advance the education or careers of other women of color within the legal profession and beyond. Watson will be featured at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Memorial Breakfast on January 15, 2018.

Watson has long served as a role model and a mentor to women of color within the legal community, both locally and nationally. Also recently named a Woman of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal, she inspires women of all ages to see the value of a truly diversified work force, student population and community.

Watson 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 local level, in the mentorship program at the Promise Academy at Martin Luther King High School, the Parkway Center City High School, as well as the Kensington Health Science Academy, to name a few.

Known throughout the community for her dedication to public education about the legal profession, Watson received the Henry Stuckert Miller Community Service Award from the Montgomery Bar Association (MBA). Through her work with the MBA, Watson created a “Day in Court” program at the Montgomery County Courthouse. The initiative, started in 2011, is run annually by Watson through the MBA Diversity Committee and provides high school students the opportunity to observe a live court proceeding and meet with judges, public defenders, prosecutors, detectives and county commissioners. The program has expanded to include “Teach Law,” where MBA judges and attorneys volunteer to visit selected schools to teach students a substantive area of the law or something related to courtroom practice and procedures. As a result, in 2013 the Pennsylvania Bar Association singled-out the Day in Court program for its County Bar Recognition Award, which honors efforts that impact the future of the legal profession.

A leader at Fox, Watson serves as co-chair of the firm’s Life Sciences Practice and previously served as co-chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee, where she led initiatives that promoted firm-wide diversity and inclusiveness.

Watson received her J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law and her B.A. in Biology and B.S. in Pharmacy degrees from Temple University.