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Alabama State Bar Women's Section

Mobile Bar Association Women Lawyers 


Arizona Women Lawyers Association 


California Women Lawyers 

Santa Barbara Women Lawyers

Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles 

Women Lawyers of Alameda County

Women Lawyers of Sacramento 


Colorado Women's Bar Association 

District of Columbia

Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia 



Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys 

Georgia Association for Women Lawyers 


Hawaii Women Lawyers 


Women's Bar Association of Illinois 



Kansas Women Attorneys Association  

Wichita Women Attorneys Association 


Women Lawyers Association of Jefferson County 


Association for Women Attorneys (New Orleans) 


Maine State Bar Women's Law Section 


Women's Bar Association of Maryland 


Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts 


Women Lawyers Association of Michigan 


Minnesota Women Lawyers 


Mississippi Women Lawyers Association 

Metro Jackson Black Women Lawyers Association


Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City 

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Women's Bar Association 

New Jersey

New Jersey Women Lawyers Association 

New Mexico

New Mexico Women's Bar Association 

New York

Women's Bar Association of the State of New York 

New York Women's Bar Association 

North Carolina

North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys 


Oregon Women Lawyers 

Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation 

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Women's Bar Association 

South Carolina

South Carolina Women Lawyers Association 



Texas Women Lawyers 

Bexar County Women's Bar Association & Foundation 

Dallas Women Lawyers Association
El Paso Women's Bar Association 


Women Lawyers of  Utah 


Virginia Women Attorneys Association


Washington Women 


West Virginia 


National Organizations

Military Spouse JD Network 

Ms. JD

Canadian Bar Association Women Lawyers Forum 


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2019-2020 NCWBA Officers and Board

Jeanne Marie Clavere
Seattle, WA
Nicolette Zachary
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Vice President-Fundraising and Strategic Partnering
Shiloh D. Theberge
Portland, ME 
Vice President-Membership
Sheila Willis
Columbia, SC
Vice President-Finance  
Elizabeth Bryson
New York, NY
Lindsey Savage
Mandeville, LA
Patricia M. Scaglia
Independence, MO
Immediate Past President
Angel Zimmerman
Topeka, KS
ABA Delegate
Marjorie O'Connell
Washington, DC
ABA CWP Liaison
Amanda Green Alexander
Jackson, MS

Teresa M. Beck
San Diego, CA
Misty Blair
Pasadena, TX
Katherine Brown
Dover, NH
Cynthia Brunet
Montreal, Quebec
Celia Collins
Mobile, AL
Jamison Hall Cooper
Bridgeport, WV
Gina Glockner
Denver, CO
Chris Chambers Goodman
Malibu, CA
Kyleen Hinkle
Tampa, FL
Susan MC Kovarovics
Washington, DC
Poonam Kumar
Minneapolis, MN 
Kathleen M. McDowell
Los Angeles, CA
Christine M. Meadows
Tigard, OR
Tami L. Munsch
Kiln, MS
Tori Silas
Atlanta, GA
Diana Theos
Glendale, AZ
Melissa K. Walker
Raleigh, NC  
Marisa Ybarra
El Paso, TX
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January 2020 
President Jeanne Marie Clavere
The Good, The Bad, and the Beautiful

Women's bar associations have been, at times, a lifeline in my legal career. Over thirty-five years ago, I started law school with a six-week-old infant, commuting over an hour each way to campus. My classmates were young, fresh, and mostly male. Few were embarking on a second career path as I was, and even fewer were parents of young children.

With an overabundance of naiveté, I launched into my new professional career path with little time, even less energy, but a whole lot of stubbornness that this is what I wanted. Thanks to the support of a few other young mothers and the connections I made with other women law students and new lawyers, I managed my stress and my schoolwork, and shared modest successes with my family and newfound professional allies.

That was the Good. The Bad came mixed into the experiences of a new lawyer in a traditionally male firm with all the lack of support you can imagine (ski outings were OK, but a sick child was not), along with troublesome encounters with #MeToo issues embedded in the legal culture. Still, Washington Women Lawyers was there to nourish my ambition and gave me the confidence and strength to stick to professional plans and prevail.

I'm a grandmother now, and I am grateful for the same partner who changed diapers with me in the 80's and co-shuttled all three kids through soccer tournaments, choir practices and to colleges in the 90's and 2000's. I am also immensely proud to have served in numerous capacities on the Washington Women Lawyers board, the NCWBA board and now as president.

This is the Beautiful. I get to pay my experiences forward as leader of our tremendously important and influential organization. I do this while promoting civility and professionalism as Professional Responsibility Counsel for my state's bar association, a job I love. I cannot even imagine a better combination of serving our noble profession. I am Owning Our Change Reaction. In 2020, are you?

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Get advice on how best to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion in your own organizations.
Awards Nominations Due January 24!
Nominations are now being accepted from member associations for three NCWBA awards to be presented at the Women's Bar Leadership Summit to be held in Chicago on Friday, July 31. Submissions will be accepted until  Friday, January 24 at 9:00 pm PST . Questions?  Email us .
The Public Service Award is designed to recognize public service programs, projects or initiatives that NCWBA members have created to serve others. There is a wide range of programs, projects and initiatives that may qualify under the umbrella of a public service program. Members are encouraged to broaden their perspective on what public service means and deepen our commitment as lawyers to our public service obligations.For examples of previous award-winning projects, click here.
The Outstanding Member Program Award is given to member associations to highlight and recognize innovative and effective programs and projects for their own members. Prior awards recipients and descriptions of the programs previously recognized can be found here.
The Women's Law Student Association Award will be presented for the first time in 2020. Member women's law school groups may nominate anything from a unique presentation, service project, panel discussion or other initiative. Be creative: the sky's the limit! We invite you to share this and information about NCWBA's new membership option for law student groups with a women's law school organization in your network.
A central goal of the NCWBA is to share best practices and program ideas with one another, and our annual awards are one way to do this. We hope you will send us a nomination.

January 24 is also the due date for nominations for the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession's Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. Click here for more information.
GOOD Guys in Austin, February 13
Registration for the ABA Midyear Meeting is open. There is no charge for registration, and you do not need to be an ABA member to attend. Here's a link for registration.

If you can be in Austin on Thursday, February 13, we hope you will be able to join us for a GOOD Guys panel from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, co-sponsored by the ABA Young Lawyers Division. Please do register for the ABA Midyear Meeting at the link above.  The program will begin with remarks on the business case for diversity from trial lawyer  Steven Velkei.
Panel members include:US Navy Rear Admiral "Del" Crandall
MAHLE Industries, Inc. Senior Corporate Counsel  Jerome CrawfordAT&T Senior Counsel  Alan Dorantes; and
Texas Rangers Executive Vice President and General Counsel Katie Pothier.

On Saturday, February 15 from 2:30 until 4:00 pm, the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession will present a program called "Men in the Mix: How to Engage Men on Issues Related to Gender in the Profession." 

Let us know if you have questions!
Free Teleconference on February 27
Next up on Thursday, February 27, at 11:00 am PST/2:00 pm EST, in our #OwntheChangeReaction Discussion series, we will feature Dr.Lois Frankel, award-winning author of Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office. Learn how women leaders can stand up and speak out for success in their careers. We'll have registration information soon. In the meantime, please save the date!
Need a New Website?
Or Do Some Addition or Subtraction
If you are in a leadership role in a women's bar organization, at some point you will throw up your hands and say that you need a new website--but that there just isn't enough room in the budget right now to hire someone to take on the task. Maybe you rationalize it isn't all that crucial--most people in your local community know when your usual events take place and who is currently in leadership. Although your members have various preferences and patterns for how they get their news from you--from direct emails, social media, or in person--your website is still your calling card to the wider community, so you must not ignore it entirely. Even if you can't do all the fixes you'd like, there are small changes you can make that will make a big difference. Does your website have a built-in calendar feature which scrolls announcements about meetings? There's nothing wrong with showing events which are in the past unless you don't add future meetings, too. Do you have event photos, but the most recent ones are from 2017? Add a few from your first event in 2020. Have you updated your list of board members? You get the idea. But what if adding new information is just too much to take on right now? Start subtracting! Did your website template come with a monthly calendar feature? Take a look at it. If it is blank, take it down! Every women's bar group has events, but if you don't have several each month, a visual of a month-at-a-glance calendar will make it look as if not much is happening. If it is too difficult to refresh your site, reduce it!  Subtract all but what is current--the name of the organization, the contact information and any basic information that is not likely to change in 2020, such as "luncheon meetings on the second Tuesday of each month." Reducing the scope of the site can be done affordably often with just an hour or two of a web designer's time.

And before you do embark on a new web design, make sure those in your leadership--not just those who self-identify as "techies" -- skim this brief article about best web design practices for nonprofits.
In the News: Women in the Legal Profession
Women Mentoring Men
Baroness Hale on Female Lawyers and Heels
The January/February issue of The Bencher, the flagship publication of American Inns of Court features various articles on women in the legal profession.

Here's a recent article from the Harvard Business Review entitled Challenging Our Gendered Idea of Mentorship.

Baroness Hale, who is about to step down from the UK's Supreme Court, reflects on issues such as the dress code for women lawyers.
Women's Leadership Initiative
Congratulations to the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts on the kickoff of its sixth Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI), a program that brings together senior women attorneys and up-and-coming stars of the legal profession for leadership development and mentoring. The program was launched in 2009 by a group of leaders eager to give back to the next generation of promising women attorneys. The WLI is designed to provide participants with large-scale networking, group mentoring, and one-on-one career development opportunities. From no-holds barred Q&A sessions to events introducing participants to leaders in the statewide legal and business communities, the WLI provides participants with opportunities to work with their role models and one another, build their network, and further their careers. To read more about the newest WLI class, click here.
Renew Now for 2020!
Our membership year runs with the calendar year, so now is just the right time to renew your group's membership for 2020. Dues for 2020 have not increased, and are based on your organization's membership numbers. We rely on your membership dues and active participation in order to strengthen women's bar groups throughout North America. This year for the first time, women's law student associations are invited to join for free. For more information on renewals or how to join, click here.
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