When I moved to Washington, DC almost 13 years ago, the Women's Bar Association was one of the first organizations with which I became involved. It is difficult to convey the importance the WBA has had for me both personally and professionally. It has provided mentoring, networking, leadership, and speaking opportunities.
I am very excited and honored to serve as President of this wonderful organization and plan to further our mission, which is:
Maintaining the honor and integrity of the profession; promoting the administration of justice; advancing and protecting the interests of women lawyers; promoting their mutual improvement; and encouraging a spirit of friendship among our members.
In the 2013-2014 bar year, we will focus on civility, including helping others. This can be done through many avenues such as mentoring, volunteering, and giving back. Throughout my involvement with the WBA, I have seen countless examples of such civility and have been very fortunate to have been the recipient of much help from other members. Our organization really does live by its mission, in that we help advance and protect other women lawyers, promote their improvement, and encourage friendship.
I hope that you will all help me promote civility by helping others and will be conscious of these principles when you are in a position to demonstrate them and give back to our community.
In practicing civility and helping others, everyone wins. Some of my fondest memories stem from this. Giving to others brings me great joy and I end up getting more in return than what I gave. Anne Frank said: "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." And, according to Dr. Seuss, "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
Since this wonderful organization was founded in 1917, the WBA has helped to champion and advance women lawyers. Our programming helps give members tools to thrive. Many of our members, both current and past, have been trailblazers in creating paths for the rest of us to succeed. I am very proud to be part of this amazing organization and hope you will join me and the WBA in continuing to help advance women in the legal profession.
Jessica E. Adler