Our Mission

VW FWD’s mission is to provide financial resources and volunteer hours to organizations and causes that support justice and equal rights for marginalized communities and to educate and provide opportunities for our employees to become agents of social change.

Our Commitments


Beginning in 2020, we began and will continue to donate $500,000 over ten years to social justice causes focused on supporting Black Americans and other marginalized communities.


We engage in regular internal discussion forums via the VW FWD Media Club.


We learn more about Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion through sessions with DEI professionals.


We provide opportunities for members of our Firm to get involved in the communities of the Vela Wood offices through volunteer efforts.


We celebrate Juneteenth as an annual Firm holiday.

We hire students of color and other marginalized communities as a pathway for students from historically underrepresented populations that are interested in practicing law to step into a legal career.
We allow time for and encourage employees to research candidates and policies that support legislation that is important to them.
VW FWD Core Team
Jenny Young
Ashley Burnett
VW FWD Austin Coordinator
Shammie Abagnale
VW FWD Dallas Coordinator
Our Awards

We were selected as a runner-up in the Diversity & Inclusion category for Clio’s 2022 Reisman Awards. The annual Reisman Awards recognize Clio’s law firm customers for displaying excellence in their fields and making an impact in their communities.

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Our Opportunities
LSAT Prep Course Scholarship
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Our VW FWD Impact Reports

Explore our VW FWD Impact Reports below to learn more about our pledge and commitments, donations and scholarships, educational efforts, and more.

Order with Purpose

On the last Friday of every month, Vela Wood reimburses each employee to order lunch from a minority owned restaurant. Click below to learn more and recommend minority owned restaurants in Austin or Dallas!

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VW FWD Partners

Vela Wood pledges to continue to provide opportunities for learning and involvement, foster open conversations and inclusivity, and support institutions focused on supporting Black Americans and other marginalized communities.

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