NAMWOLF: The Worst Acronym Ever?

I made the soul-crushing drive to Irving today to check into a group that sounds like Man-Wolf. (For non-nerds out there, Man-Wolf is an obscure Marvel comic book character who fought Spider Man.) Imagine my disappointment when I learned this group has nothing to do with the beast that gains furry superhuman powers in moonlight. No, the group’s acronym is NAMWOLF – the National Association of Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms. An unfortunate acronym for a group of lawyers, if ever there were one. Jump for a description of what actually went on Friday…

Numerous lawyers sat behind folding tables, awaiting queries from other lawyers and in-house corporate attorneys. Then, came a two-hour period where corporate lawyers from Wal-Mart, AT&T, Fossil Inc., etc., rotated from table to table, interviewing lawyers to decide if they should hire them to do legal work. “It’s like speed dating,” attorney Lori Carr told me. She’s with Dallas-based Taber Estes Thorne & Carr PLLC. Lawyers from Dallas-based Spencer Crain Cubbage Healy & McNamara PLLC also took part in the quick-hit dating. Speed dating at NAMWOLF? I guess it’s better than speed dating the Wolf Man. Am I showing signs of dyslexia here? Feel free to comment on that as well.

I then happened upon a pair of lawyers from Washington, D.C., who were interested in renting their houses out to people who want to take part in Barack Obama’s inauguration festivities. They estimate a million people will show up to be part of history. And both of them are more than willing to forego that honor (bedlam apparently doesn’t suit them). If anyone wants to take them up on their offer, contact the lawyers – Carol L. O’Riordan and Pamela J. Bethel – at their law firm. OK, now that I’ve done my good deed for the day, I guess I can go get drunk. Or clean my house. Or get drunk while cleaning my house.

UPDATE: Friday was the last day of NAMWOLF’s annual meeting at the Marriott in Irving, unless there’s another harvest moon before next year.


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5 responses to “NAMWOLF: The Worst Acronym Ever?”

  1. Gwyon says:

    This reminds me of the Werelawyer on the final season of Night Court.

  2. Wes Mantooth says:

    Gwyon is crazyputty. IJS.

  3. drew says:

    …and a 30 Rock fan, I’m guessing. Good stuff.

  4. Patrick Leonardo says:

    I didn’t really find a justification for the teaser (worst acronym. . . ) but just logorrhea about an obviously poorly (granted, disinterested) covered event and a confusing, or midly entertaining, comic villian/speed dating tie-in.

    My grandfather’s in WOLF; he served as a warrant officer under Omar Bradley.
    As constituting approximately half the characters in NAMWOLF is WOLF half as bad as an acronym or twice as good? Blog away.

    If the organization NAMWOLF is attempting to seek equal utilization of its members in legal markets, and as part of this goal seeks to entice grads. who support their mission and such an affiliation of law firms, then I suppose an acronym containing a WOLF reference might be appropriate–summoning an archetypal fear and curiosity in folks.

    You wanna be on the wolf’s side or on the side of the white meatbox?

    What did Batman decide to do to level the playing field in Gotham?

  5. Jay says:

    Man-Wolf was briefly married to She-Hulk!