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I am honored to be the President of the WBA and I am excited about all of the activities we have planned for the 2014-2015 bar year.
 
Since moving to the Washington, DC area 25 years ago, I’ve worked in government, at law firms and now in-house. Like many of you, I’ve been through my share of transitions. The WBA has been a significant source of support for me throughout my professional and personal development, just as the WBA has assisted so many other women for nearly 100 years. The WBA has been an amazing resource for mentoring, networking, speaking and leadership opportunities, skills based training and programming you can’t find anywhere else on cutting edge legal issues, work/life balance and other topics of interest to women lawyers. Especially as the legal profession continues to face challenging times, the WBA is as important and relevant as ever.

The theme of the WBA’s 2014-2015 bar year is “Standing Together.”  Whether you are just starting your law career or have been practicing for many years, the WBA is here for you. Whether you work in a large or small law firm or work in government, nonprofit or in-house, the WBA is here for you. 
 
If you are doing contract work, looking for work, staying at home, working full time or part time or retired from the practice of law, the WBA is here for you. 
 
For women lawyers and law students who would like to develop or expand their professional and social networks, the WBA is here for you. Regardless of your individual circumstances, as women in the legal profession we all need to stand together and support each other.
 
Over the next year, the WBA will continue to serve as the preeminent resource for women lawyers in the Washington, DC area, which means:  
 
• Providing quality programming  for women lawyers that reflects the diversity of our membership and is relevant to women at all stages of their careers;
• Advocating for the interests of women lawyers; 
• Promoting our members; 
• Honoring our history and planning for our 2017 Centennial; and 
• Providing a collegial and fun environment for women to make personal and professional connections

We look forward to seeing you at our events this year and we encourage you to get involved. Please volunteer to join a committee or forum or help in some other way and consider becoming a member or sustaining member.  We hope you will stand together with us to support the mission of the WBA and advance and protect the interests of all women lawyers in the DC area.  

Suzanne Reifman
2014-2015 President

 

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