The award was established in 1992 by the State Bar Women and the Law Section and the award ''honors the accomplishments of women who have achieved outstanding recognition in their professional area and who, by doing so, have paved the way for success for other women attorneys.'' To be nominated, the nominee has achieved excellence in her field(s) and meets the award criteria being that the female attorney has ''influenced other women to pursue legal carriers, or opened doors for women lawyers in a variety of Job settings that historically were closed to women, or advanced opportunities for women within a practice area or segment of the profession, or have otherwise served their profession or community in a manner that has benefitted the legal profession.''
According to Collins, she was very surprised upon learning that she had won the award because she had no idea that she had been nominated and was under consideration.
According to section chair-elect Andrea ''AJ'' Johnson, a labor and employment defense attorney with the Houston law firm, Burleson Cook, Collins was the perfect candidate for the award because she is ''a doer who makes things happen for women lawyers across Texas and the nation.” Johnson adds that, ''she has been very involved in women's issues for years on a state and national level, and she's a good person to work with and a good lawyer.''
Johnson notes that in 2007, Collin's was directly involved in a state-wide survey regarding law firm maternity policies and her work helped highlight the need for understanding women lawyer retention. Currently Collins is involved the El Paso Women's Bar Association sponsored food drive.
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According to Collins, she was astonished to learn of the award and commented that ''you do the work that you do, not because you're getting recognized, but it's nice to be recognized. It gives you the energy to go on.''
The 2008 award recipient was attorney, Janette Johnson of Dallas, Texas and other past recipients include U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie (2007) and Judge Barbara Lynn in 2006.