WBA Centennial Celebration

Celebrating the work of the WBA’s first 100 years, and shaping the future of women lawyers for the next 100 years.
May 17, 2017, marks the Centennial of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (WBA). Join us in celebrating 100 years of the WBA advocating for equality, advancement and social justice.
 
In 1917, as the twentieth century moved through its second decade, women still:
  • Could not vote;
  • Could not serve on a jury;
  • Were largely denied entry into law schools and the practice of law; and
  • Were excluded from what was then the only bar association in the District of Columbia. 
Faced with these restrictions, and against the backdrop of the women’s suffrage movement, on May 17, 1917, 31 women lawyers, led by Ellen Spencer Mussey and Emma Gillett, established the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia. At that time, the Bar Association of the District of Columbia did not admit women.
 
The WBA has fought for almost 100 years to open doors. In the early 1960s, with the leadership and courage of Dovey Johnson Roundtree and then-President Joyce Hens Green the WBA “broke the color line” that had segregated bar associations in DC by race.

The WBA celebrates its Centennial by honoring the legacy of these trailblazers in the continuing fight for equality and access. During 2016 and 2017, the WBA will mark its Centennial through special events, programming, and the pursuit of a historic preservation project. 

On May 17, 2017, we will mark the WBA’s significant milestones with a Centennial Celebration at our Annual Dinner. Leading up to the Centennial Celebration, the WBA will present programming and other opportunities to learn more about our history and the women who made an impact on the profession, while laying the groundwork and looking ahead to the next 100 years.

Click here to learn about Centennial sponsorship and contribution opportunities and benefits.

The WBA is grateful for the significant support provided by the WBA Foundation for our Centennial Celebration efforts.
 
WBA History
100 years fighting for equality, advancement, and social justice – the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia
Groundbreaking then, Vital now, and critical for the next 100 years and beyond

Click here for an overview of milestones and accomplishments of the Women’s Bar Association.

Click here to download the Women’s Bar Association’s 75th Anniversary Program.

Click here to download the Women’s Bar Association’s 70th Anniversary Program.

Click here to download the Women’s Bar Association’s 50th Anniversary Program.

Committee Leaders and Activities

The Centennial Committee is led by three past president co-chairs:

Paulette Chapman
Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP
WBA President 2003-2004

Ellen Jakovic
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
WBA President 2002-2003

Lorelie S. Masters
Perkins Coie LLP
WBA President 2007-2008

Subcommittees are in place for the many activities that will make up our Centennial Celebration, including History (archiving, photo tagging, oral histories), Fundraising, Events, Promotions, and 2017 Annual Dinner. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Carol Montoya at carol@wbadc.org.
 


 








































 

DONATE

Centennial Celebration: 100 for 100
Donations to the Centennial Celebration fundraising campaign will be used in our efforts to celebrate the work of the WBA’s first 100 years, and shape the future of women lawyers for the next 100 years. We thank these donors for their support. CLICK HERE for an INDIVIDUAL Centennial Celebration Donation/Pledge Form. CLICK HERE for a CORPORATE sponsorship form.
* designates a 100 for 100 donor, one of the first 100 individuals to contribute $100 or more to the Centennial Celebration fundraising campaign.

Platinum Sponsors: $10,000
Bryan Cave
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, P.L.L.C.
Buckley Sandler LLP
Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Freddie Mac
Cornerstone Research
White & Case LLP
Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, P.C.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Gold Level: $2,500+
Ellen M. Jakovic*

Purple Level:
$1,000-2,499

Paulette Chapman*
Cynthia Burns Hemphill*
Elizabeth Roman Jones*
Charlotte Kuenen, CFP®, Morgan Stanley*
Susan Kovarovics*

Lorelie S. Masters*
Candace Beck Smyth*
Northwestern Mutual
Marna S. Tucker; Feldesman, Tucker, Leifer, Fidell, LLP*

Green Level:
$500-999

Cory M. Amron*
Alfred Belcuore, Law Offices of Alfred F. Belcuore*
Marjorie Burnett*
Ann Bushmiller*
Jennifer Duane*
Tracy-Gene Durkin*
Nancy A. Long*
Martha JP McQuade*
Sadina Montani*
Sonia W. Murphy*
Jennifer M. Porter and Patricia D. Gurne*
Planet Depos, LLC

White Level:
$100-499

Cheryl Aaron*
Jessica E. Adler*
Bridget Bailey Lipscomb*
Cecily E. Baskir*
Amy L. Bess*
Hon. Diane M. Brenneman*
Kerri Castellini*
Adrienne E. Clair*
Michelle Cohen*
Anne Collier*
H. Guy Collier*
Nancy L. Combs*
Michele L. Dearing, Jackson & Campbell, P.C.
Hon. Gwen D'Souza*
Debrah Farnell*
John Finlay, Evolve Discovery*
Elaine Fitch*
April Gassler*
Robert A. Gazzola*
Kay Georgi*
Hon. Joyce Hens Green
Hazel Groman*
Kathleen Gunning*
Rachel Hardwick*
Janine D. Harris*
Josephine Nelson Harriott*
Nausheen Hassan*

Yolanda Hawkins-Bautista*
Doris Johnson Hines*
Sasha Hodge-Wren*
Susan Hoffman*
Lisa B. Horowitz, Principal, Attorney Talent Strategy Group, LLC*
Norma B. Hutcheson*
Heather Hutchinson*
Deborah J. Israel*
Kirra L. Jarratt*
Stasia Kelly, DLA Piper*
John Christopher Keeney, Jr.*
Hon. Gladys Kessler*
June Kress*
Nancy Ortmeyer Kuhn*
Bettina M. Lawton*
William Lightfoot*
Holly Loiseau*
Gaby Lorraine Longsworth*
Lorna MacLeod*
Mira Marshall*
M. Elizabeth Medaglia*
Maria Mendoza*
Deborah R. Meshulam*
Lynne Milne*
Denise Minor and Christina Eanes, MindSpring Metro DC*
Shawnte Mitchell*
Carol Montoya*
Darrell Mottley*
Shelly A. Mulkey*
Celeste M. Murphy*
Daria Neal*
Mellie H. Nelson*
Nancy Newkirk*
Marjorie A. O'Connell*
Ellen Ostrow*
Monica G. Parham*
Lucy Plovnick*
Laura Possessky*
Ilene R. Price*
Suzanne Reifman*
James Sandman*
Diana M. Savit*
Sheri Shilling, U.S. Office of Special Counsel*
Grace Speights*

Celina Stewart*
Maureen Thornton Syracuse*
Lucy L. Thomson*
Michelle Turner Roberts*
Roya Vasseghi*
Gail Westover*
Joanne Young*
Colleen Yushchak*
Michele Zavos, Zavos Juncker Law Group, PLLC*

The WBA is grateful for the significant support provided by the WBA Foundation for our Centennial Celebration efforts.


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