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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

Nicolette Zachary
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Shiloh D. Theberge
Portland, ME 
Vice President-Fundraising and Strategic Partnering
Teresa M. Beck
San Diego, CA
Vice President-Membership
Elizabeth A. Bryson
New York, NY
Vice President-Finance 
Patricia M. Scaglia
Independence, MO
Sheila Willis
Columbia, SC
Lindsey Savage
Kirkland, WA
Immediate Past President
ABA CWP Liaison
Jeanne Marie Clavere
Seattle, WA
ABA Delegate
Marjorie O'Connell
Washington, DC

F. Danielle Allison
Auburn, AL
Misty Blair
Pasadena, TX
Cynthia Brunet
Montreal, Québec
Celia Collins
Mobile, AL
Jamison Hall Cooper
Bridgeport, WV
Tanya Grillo
Mt. Clemens, MI
Chris Chambers Goodman
Malibu, CA
Kyleen Hinkle
Tampa, FL
Poonam Kumar
Minneapolis, MN 
Kathleen M. McDowell
Los Angeles, CA
Christine M. Meadows
Tigard, OR
Myra Morris
Corpus Christi, TX
Tami L. Munsch
Kiln, MS
Carla Reeves
Boston, MA
Tori Silas
Atlanta, GA
Kathryn Starnella
Denver, CO
Melissa K. Walker
Raleigh, NC 
Marisa Ybarra
El Paso, TX
Angel Zimmerman
Topeka, KS

Executive Director
Christina Simpson
Boston, MA
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January 2021
Join or Renew Your Organization's Membership With the NCWBA for 2021!
Our membership year runs with the calendar year, so now is just the right time to renew your group's membership for 2021. Dues for 2021 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. As always, women's law student associations are invited to join for free. 

For more information on renewals or how to join, click here.

To access the Membership Application directly, please click the link below:

Free January Member Event:
Best Practices for Non-Profit Boards of Directors - Roles & Responsibilities
Board Interest Webinar

Please join us on January 25, 2021 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST for a free 1 hour webinar on Best Practices for Non-Profit Boards of Directors - Roles & Responsibilities. Topics include "Top 10 Board Member Responsibilities," the importance of fiduciary duties, financial oversight, and more.  Participants will leave the session having gained a better understanding of their responsibilities and the obligations of serving on the Board of their Women's Bar or other non-profits. Our featured speaker is Sheila M. Willis, Past President, South Carolina Women's Bar Association and Associate with Fisher & Phillips, LLP.  Click here to reserve your spot. 

Call For Awards Nominations
Due: March 1, 2021 at 5:00pm PST
Now is the time to submit awards nominations for the NCWBA annual awards. Each year at the Women's Bar Leadership Summit, the National Conference of Women's Bar Associations recognizes the work of its member organizations with its annual awards -- the Public Service Award, Outstanding Member Program Award, and Women's Law Student Association Award. Nominations are now being accepted for all three awards, to be presented at the virtual Women's Bar Leadership Summit on Friday, August 6, 2021.

Nominations must be submitted via the below Nomination Form no later than Monday, March 1, 2021 at 5:00 pm PST. Please submit your nomination form below. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our Executive Director at

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 was 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.

American Bar Association 
2021 Virtual Midyear Meeting
The 2021 ABA Virtual Midyear Meeting is now open for registration. Registration is complimentary.  This will be an opportunity to connect with colleagues and access to an array of dynamic programs lead by leaders in the legal profession.  For more information on the Midyear Meeting and to register, click here

Look out for our two programs during Midyear:

Eyes Wide Open: Interrupting Biases and Setting New Norms for Allyship within Organizations on February 18, 2021 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm CST.  This program, sponsored by the National Conference of Women's Bar Associations, will provide information to various organizations, including bar organizations, about tools and methods that leadership can use to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion within their organization. This is a hands-on program, with planned content centered on the "nuts and bolts" of effectuating change within organizations. Topics will include, among other things, an overview of specific work being done in various bar organizations and other organizations, including member surveys, revisions to bylaws, and strategic plan updates. If you would like to focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion improvements in your organization, this program is a must!

GOOD Guys Judicial Edition: Calling All GOOD Guys: Male Leaders are Key to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion on February 19, 2021 4:00pm to 6:00pm CST.  
GOOD Guys program. Brief presentation about GOOD Guys program, presentation about the financial and workplace benefits of diversity and inclusion, and then a panel of judges to discuss why they are GOOD Guys, why other male leaders should be GOOD Guys, and how male leaders can lead change for the benefit of all.

If you would like more information on how to attend the NCWBA programs during the ABA Midyear Meeting, please reach out to our Executive Director, Christina Simpson, at
2021 Margaret Brent Award Nominations
The 2021 Margaret Brent Award nominations are now open.  The deadline to submit nominations is January 29, 2021 at 5:00PM CT.  Each year, he Margaret Brent Award is given to up to five women lawyers who have excelled in their field and paved the way for other women in the legal profession.  For more information on the Margaret Brent Award and submitting nominations, please click here.  
NCWBA Past Membership Events Recap
Guided Virtual Holiday Wine Tasting [December 16, 2020]: In the spirit of the Holiday Season, the NCWBA Membership Committee recently offered a fun virtual educational opportunity for our members.  On December 16, Certified Wine Specialist Ralph Kridner presented a sold-out Guided Virtual Wine Tasting, leading participants in the tasting and appreciation of two pre-selected wines, readily available to all participants on a national basis. Mr. Kridner offered background information on wine production, as well as an array of interesting factual tidbits on all things wine. Participants learned tips on choosing sparkling wines and were offered suggestions as to delicious non-alcoholic alternatives to wine. The highlight of the program was the networking portion during which participants competed in an online wine trivia contest. NCWBA is appreciative of our sponsor for this program, Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP, whose generosity allowed us to offer the program to members without a registration fee.  

Creating Meaningful Engagement Using Interactive Technology [November 19, 2020]: On November 19, NCWBA presented Creating Meaningful Engagement Using Interactive Technology, a virtual webinar offering tips and best practices to connect with clients, colleagues and Bar Members through online events. NCWBA Vice President for Membership Elizabeth Bryson moderated the program with NCWBA Executive Director and Principal Attorney of The Law Office of Christina Simpson, Esq., Christina Simpson, Of Counsel, SRD Legal Group PLLC; Director and Treasurer, NCWBA Lindsey Savage and Erica Peterson, CEO of Digital Projects Matter serving as Panelists. The webinar offered an excellent discussion of the use of "hardware" to create the best virtual appearance and presentation including standing desks, virtual lighting and virtual backgrounds. The panel addressed software devices available to create more interactive events allow greater participation with the audience as well as little known tricks on Zoom that help create more effective presentation. In addition to technical advice, the panel offered tips to help organizations become better engaged with their members when all meetings and encounters are virtual. The webinar closed with each panelist hosting a separate room which participants could join to ask specific follow-up questions relevant to that speaker's remarks. The webinar offered an excellent and very practical educational opportunity to help the audience navigate the new norms. 

Women Bar Leaders Listserv
You may have recently gotten an email notifying you that you have been added to the NCWBA Women Bar Leaders listserv.  This is because we have changed our listserv platform and will now be using Google Groups.  Please do not worry, the listserv will operate in the exact way that it previously did -- just email to post.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach our Executive Director, Christina Simpson, at

Black Lives Matter: Anti-Racism Resources
During such a time of uncertainty, where racial tensions continue to rise and it is a constant battle for the Black community against the still existent racism in America, it is important to acknowledge that many of us are being affected in unimaginable ways.  The National Conference of Women's Bar Associations has issued a statement of solidarity with the Black community.  Click here for the NCWBA's statement. 

Additionally, the NCWBA has compiled a list of Anti-Racism Resources, as well as links to statements from our member organizations.  Click here for that list. 
Coronavirus Resources
Coronavirus has thrown us all into a whirlwind of uncertainty, whether it comes to your job, personal lives and/or even mental state.  During this time, one thing's for sure: everyone is trying to figure out what works and what does not from a virtual and remote perspective.  It's particularly hard as bar associations try to maintain their connections with their members as they try to figure out which communication tools and methods are most effective.

We've decided to put together some resources that you can use in your transition to new ways of providing services and value to members.  Click here for resources for your members and ideas from other groups. And please do share your ideas, either by emailing us or by posting to the listserve. (If you are not already a member of this list, please email us to request to be added.)
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