The Executive Women of the Palm Beaches awarded Nellie King ’92 its 2017 Women in Leadership Award for the private sector. The award honors women who have demonstrated extraordinary achievements and leadership in the Palm Beach, Florida, community.
A noted criminal defense lawyer, King has held local, state, and national roles in legal organizations. She has been president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and worked with President Barack Obama’s Clemency Project. The clemency initiative focused on minimum-mandatory sentencing policies, which had resulted in the incarceration of thousands of Americans for nonviolent drug offenses.
King is a past president of the Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is on the boards of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Boys Town South Florida, and the Criminal Justice Commission.