May 2022 Newsletter

President's Message
We're two weeks away from the Beyond Ball!

If you're reading this, you're in luck because today we are having a FLASH SALE! Grab your tickets NOW by clicking the link below and join us for a beautiful and elegant evening of dinner, dancing, and celebrating BWLA's Founders, Past Presidents, members and supporters while raising funds to support scholarships for minority law students in the Greater Chicago area.

I hope to see you there!

Nakhia C. Crossley
2021-2022 President
FLASH Sale Ticket: $150 (sale ends Monday, May 9th at 11pm)

BWLA Member General Ticket: $200
Non BWLA Member General Ticket: $250

Get your tickets while they last!

Email us for sponsorship opportunities at
Upcoming Events
Click here to register!
Past Events
Virtual Resume Writing and Mock Interview Workshop
On April 14, 2022, the BWLA Law Student Outreach Committee hosted a virtual workshop designed to equip law students with helpful tools and advice for effective resume writing. The students were also given the opportunity to participate in mock interviews and receive immediate feedback from our BWLA member volunteers. We wish all of our students much success as they embark on their job searches!!!

Newly Licensed Attorneys Reception
On April 15, 2022, BWLA's Young Lawyer's Committee hosted a welcome reception for new attorneys who have been admitted to the Illinois bar since 2019. This event was held at the Zhou B Art Center and was the first newly admitted attorneys reception hosted in person since the beginning of the pandemic. It was a joyous event filled with fellowship and laughter.

We'd like to extend a heartfelt welcome to all newly admitted attorneys!
Events Around Town
BWLA Member Achievements
Congratulations to BWLA Vice President Elsa Andrianifahanana on being nominated for the Outstanding Young Woman Lawyer Award by the National Bar Association's Women Lawyers Division!
Congratulations to BWLA Board Member at Large Kina Arnold on being nominated for the Outstanding Woman Lawyer in Public Service Award by the National Bar Association's Women Lawyers Division!
Congratulations to Kenyatta Beverly on being named the She Shines Honoree by Girls Inc. of Chicago!
Congratulations to Melanie Patrick Neely on her new position as Chief Administrative Law Judge at the State of Illinois.
Congratulations to Sonya Olds Som on being awarded the 2022 Gateway to Success Award by the National Bar Association Corporate Law Section.
Do you or someone you know have an achievement that you'd like us to highlight in our monthly newsletter? We want to celebrate our members! Send your latest achievement addressed to BWLA Corresponding Secretary, Era Laudermilk, at
Employment Opportunities
BWLA constantly receives new employment opportunities that our members may be interested in. The ever expanding list has become too lengthy to share here, so please be sure to visit the BWLA Job Board to view all current employment opportunities!
Thank You To Our Sponsors!!!!

Title Sponsors
McDermott, Will & Emery

Platinum Sponsors
Sidley Austin

Gold Sponsors
Baker & McKenzie
Jenner & Block
Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Winston & Strawn

Silver Sponsors
The Davey Tree Expert Company
Haynes Boone
United Airlines

Donors, Friends of BWLA & Table Sponsors
Arent Foxx Schiff
Black Leadership Council
GMA Construction
Littler Mendelsen
Marshall, Gerstein, & Borun
Schiff Hardin
Tucker Ellis
Women's Bar Association of Illinois

There's still time to add your company's name to the growing list of sponsors. Email for details.