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Richards, Layton & Finger Attorney Receives YWCA Trailblazer Award

February 24, 2009

WILMINGTON, Delaware – Richards, Layton & Finger attorney Doneene Keemer Damon is being honored by YWCA Delaware at its fourth annual Evening of Style. The event, to be held on Saturday, February 28 at the Hotel du Pont, celebrates extraordinary women in the community who exemplify power, style and brilliance and inspire other women to embrace their own potential. Damon is one of six women who will be honored at the Evening of Style for exemplifying the YWCA’s mission of empowering women and eliminating racism.

Damon is the recipient of this year’s Trailblazer Award, recognizing her outstanding contributions to her profession and her pioneering work for the advancement of women. Damon is a director in Richards Layton’s Business Department, where she focuses primarily on formation and operational issues relating to Delaware statutory trusts in all types of commercial and business transactions. Damon was the first African-American partner in a major Delaware law firm, breaking new ground for women to lead and excel in the legal profession.

Damon serves on many committees and holds several leadership positions in the state and national bar, including chair of the American Bar Association Committee on Trust Indentures and Indenture Trustees. A committed advocate for diversity, she is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Diversity Committee and the Development Committee for its DirectWomen Initiative, and the Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section of the Delaware State Bar Association.
Active in the community as well, Damon serves on the boards of the Christiana Care Health System, Meals on Wheels Delaware, Inc., Wilmington Friends School, the Delaware Art Museum, and others. She received a JD, cum laude, from Temple University School of Law and a BS, cum laude, from St. Joseph’s University.

About the Firm
Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A. provides legal services to its clients in Delaware, the U.S. and throughout the world. The firm provides counsel on sophisticated financial transactions involving Delaware corporations and alternative entities, as well as advice and guidance to local clients. Richards, Layton & Finger attorneys have been leaders in cases decided in Delaware courts addressing corporate law and governance, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy, fiduciary relations, commercial and other general civil matters.

About the YWCA
The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization in the world. It has more than 25 million members in 122 countries, including 2 million members in 300 local associations in the United States. More important than the numbers is its mission to eliminate racism and empower women. The YWCA provides safe places for women and girls, builds strong women leaders, and advocates for women’s rights and civil rights.