January 2022 Newsletter

President's Message
Happy New Year and Happy 35th Anniversary, BWLA!

I hope everyone feels rejuvenated from a wonderful Holiday break.

As we enter a new year, I encourage you to reconnect with BWLA! We are on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and now GroupMe! We also have some member exclusive events coming up that you don't want to miss, so please take a moment to pay your dues! You can easily do so by heading to the membership page on our website here.

Check out our upcoming events below where we focus on mental and physical health and wellness. I look forward to bringing in the New Year with you!


Nakhia C. Crossley
2021-2022 President
Happy New Year from BWLA!
Upcoming Events
Start the New Year off right by focusing on clean eating and establishing habits that will have a positive impact on your overall health. Discover which foods induce cravings, cause inflammation, and contribute to many other issues in your body.

For 30 days, participants will follow the  Whole30 Program with the support of other BWLA members and the guidance of certified Whole30 Coach, Alexis Robertson.

Kick Off Informational Meeting: January 10, 2022
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

via Zoom Meeting 
(link provided post-RSVP)

BWLA's Whole30 Program Begins January 12, 2022!!!
Please click here to RSVP to the kick-off meeting and to join our Whole30 Facebook group. Can't make the kick-off meeting? You can still RSVP to participate via the Facebook group! 

If you wish to learn more about the Whole30 Program, we recommend purchasing this guide. Purchase is not mandatory to participate!

Click here to register!
Click here to register!
Past Events
BWLA Donates to the Salvation Army's Angel Giving Tree 2021
BWLA's Community Service and Outreach Committee dropped off all the gifts for children in need to the Salvation Army's Robert Stern Red Shield Center located in Englewood. We would like to extend a huge thanks to everyone who donated to and coordinated this effort!
Civil Rights Action Committee Gets Focused
On Wednesday, December 15, 2021, BWLA's Civil Rights Action Committee (CRAC) hosted a brainstorming session which provided BWLA members an opportunity to express ways in which BWLA can best serve the legal field and the greater Chicago community.

The consensus was to focus on community policing, CPS discipline practices regarding student interactions with police, and legislative policing policies. CRAC is planning to host a policing event in late February. Please be on the lookout for that program announcement soon!!!
BWLA Members Attended the Cook County Bar Association's Holiday Party
Many BWLA members celebrated the Holiday season at the Cook County Bar Association's 2021 Holiday Party on Thursday, December 16, 2021.
BWLA is Now on GroupMe!!!
Want to know who is attending the next BWLA event? Looking for new employment opportunities? Want to gather for brunch on the weekend? Join BWLA’s GroupMe to connect and fellowship with BWLA members!

Click here to join the fun! 
Join us in congratulating BWLA’s administrator, K Rhea, also known as “Coach K,” on her historic role as the first Black woman head coach of the DuSable Panthers, a high school football team comprised of students from Daniel Hale Williams Prep High School and Bronzeville Scholastic Institute, both located at the historic DuSable Campus.
Coach K’s journey to becoming the First Black woman to lead a Chicago Public League Boys Football Team and the positive impact she’s having on the student players was recently featured on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight.

You can watch the Chicago Tonight segment here.

Great job K! We are so proud of you!!!
Connect With Bar Leaders at the National Conference of Bar Presidents Midyear Meeting
Register now for the NCBP Midyear Meeting, currently planned either in-person, February 10 – 12 in Seattle, WA or virtually, February 23 – 24. 

Check out the in person program and virtual program for the latest updates about plenaries on executive presence and authentic leadership, decision science for bar leaders, and balancing regulatory innovations and core values, as well as additional workshop and networking opportunities. 
BWLA Member Achievements
Congratulations to Djenne Clayton on her new position as General Counsel at Barilla America!
Congratulations to J. Simone Jones on being promoted to Partner at Sidley
Austin LLP!
Congratulations to Erica Mckinley on her new position as Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of the Big Ten Conference!
Congratulations to BWLA Past President and Lifetime Member Mary Melchor on her new position as Assistant Attorney General for the Crime Victim Compensation Program for the State of Illinois! She was sworn in by Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul.
Congratulations to Melanie Stewart on her new position as Corporate Counsel at GoPuff!
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 administrator@bwla.org.
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!
Purchase a BWLA T-Shirt TODAY!
BWLA T-shirts are currently available for purchase!!! The T-shirts were designed to celebrate and commemorate our resilience during the pandemic. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to BWLA's Scholarship Fund. T-shirts are $25.00 each and are available in size small - 2XL.

Click here to place your order TODAY!
Thank You To Our Sponsors!!!!