What an honor it is to serve as your WBA President for the 2016-2017 bar year.
As we stand on the cusp of the Association’s 100th birthday – our Centennial Celebration
- I look forward to leading the Association onward, as we “look back, and move forward
The Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia has been fighting for equality, advancement, and social justice for almost 100 years. It is indeed important, that we reflect on the great work we’ve done over the past century, and honor the women who came before us and upon whose shoulders we stand today.
Let us not be remiss: the work that we do is still vital today, and although we’re approaching a wonderful milestone, it’s crucial that we continue to move
forward, and do the work that’s made us great and which our members expect.
In 2015, the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession published a report on women as first chairs at trial
. It is clear from this report, and others of its kind, that we still have work to do.
Indeed, as highlighted by a March 1, 2016 ABA Journal article entitled, “Minority Women are Disappearing from Big Law
,” despite our work, and the work of our friends at the Commission on Women in the Profession
, the National Woman’s Law Center
, and others – women of color are leaving law firms in droves.
This year, our programming and activities will focus on “Looking back, and moving forward
.” We are capturing the oral histories of our past presidents, early members, and other luminaries. We are also working to archive and preserve the rich history of the Association.
We will continue to forge ahead and offer networking and professional development opportunities to our members and friends, as we have always done.
We’ll address the issues that are relevant to women in the profession today, including joining the dialogue on why women of color are leaving law firms and why women in the profession have yet to achieve equal pay.
And, we are already moving forward
with plans for our 2017 Annual Dinner, which will be held at the beautiful National Building Museum on May 17, 2017 – exactly 100 years to the date of our founding.
You can be a part of this effort. You can and should join us as we “look back and move forward
.” If you are not a member of the WBA, please join today!
Check out our calendar, and take advantage of our programming and events this year to do your part to keep the ball moving forward
for women in the profession.
The Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia: crucial then, relevant now, and vital for the next 100 years.
Let’s forge “onward to 100” and beyond!
Sonia W. Murphy