Committees & Forums

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Committees
20+ Years of Expertise Committee
Amicus Committee
Career Development Committee
Community Projects Committee
Diversity Committee
Executive and Judicial Endorsements Committee
Immigration/Naturalization Ceremony Committee
Lawyers at Home Committee

Leadership Task Force
Membership Committee
Mentoring Committee
Raising the Bar Editorial Board
Social Media Committee
Working Parents Committee

Young Lawyers Committee

Forums
Communications Law Forum

Employment Law Forum
Energy and Environmental Law Forum
Government Attorneys Forum
Health Law Forum
Immigration Law Forum
In-House Counsel Forum
Insurance Law Forum
Intellectual Property Law Forum
International Law Forum
Litigation Forum
Non-Profit Organizations Practice Forum
Solo and Small Practice Forum
Tax and Business Law Forum


Committees


20+ Years of Expertise Committee
Co-Chairs: Nancy Kuhn, Lorna MacLeod
The 20+ Years of Expertise Committee provides programming focused on women who are veterans in the legal profession and are experts in their area of practice.

Amicus Committee
Co Chairs: Kelsi Brown Corkran, Michelle Kallen, Laurie Wiesner
The Amicus Committee supports law that promotes issues important to women.

Career Development Committee
Co-Chairs: Kara Dodson, Gage Javier, Michelle Kallen
The Career Development Committee focuses on networking, career enhancement, career alternatives and job search techniques. The Committee focuses on providing career-enhancing opportunities and information.

Community Projects Committee
Co-Chairs: Kelly Fisher, Hellia Kanzi
The Community Projects Committee provides a vehicle for attorneys to assist local community organizations through fundraising and volunteer service efforts.

Diversity Committee
Co-Chairs: Alesha DominiqueCelina Stewart, Lyzette Wallace
The Diversity Committee promotes greater inclusion of ethnically, religiously, LBT, and culturally diverse women attorneys at all levels of the legal profession by offering programs to address issues related to real and perceived barriers to advancement, and the unique challenges that diverse women attorneys face daily. We will accomplish this through heightening awareness and promotion of the intrinsic value that women from diverse backgrounds offer. 

Executive and Judicial Endorsements Committee
Co-Chairs: Janine HerringSasha Hodge WrenRachel Levinson-Waldman, Elizabeth Marvin
The Executive and Judicial Endorsements Committee carefully evaluates candidates seeking WBA’s endorsement, focusing on the candidates’ qualifications, integrity, communications skills, temperament, experience, scholarship and commitment to the concepts of equal opportunity and equal justice under the law.

Immigration/Naturalization Ceremony Committee
Co-Chair: Irena Izabella Karpinski
For over forty years, the WBA has facilitated and hosted one of the naturalization ceremonies that welcome new citizens to the United States.  The Immigration/Naturlization Ceremony Committee coordinates the sponsorship of the reception.

Lawyers at Home Committee
Co-Chairs: Angela Quigley, Pam Whittaker
The Lawyers at Home Committee advances the interests of lawyers who have presently turned all, or a significant portion of their attention, from career to family. This committee holds monthly meetings and reaches out to lawyers at home and those with part-time or home-based practices.

Leadership Task Force
Co-Chairs: Laura BeckermanAnne Collier, Svetlana Gans
The WBA’s Leadership Task Force provides talented, established attorneys with a forum in which to hone the practical skills, presence, and business acumen necessary to advance to the highest levels of leadership within and beyond the legal profession. Leadership Task Force programs generally include a networking component and are ideal for women with at least five years of professional experience in private practice, in-house (business or legal roles), or in government service.

Membership Committee
Co-Chairs: Kate MuetingNina Ren, Natalie RoismanBrandi Taylor, Colleen Yushchak
The Membership Committee works to recruit new members and to develop and implement membership retention initiatives.

Mentoring Committee
Co-Chairs: Shannon BeebeJennifer MikaShelly Mulkey
The Mentoring Committee hosts events providing new and young lawyers advice on entering competitive fields of law, as well at networkig opportunities. 

Raising the Bar Editorial Board
Co-Chairs: Sonali Khailkar, Koria StantonCelina StewartTiffany Wynn
The Raising the Bar Editorial Board edits and publishes six newsletters a year promoting the Women's Bar Association.

Social Media Committee
Co-Chairs: Jessica Retka, Lauren Brown, Rebecca Prybell

Working Parents Committee
Co-Chairs: Jennifer BrandiMareesa Frederick, Candace Smyth
The Working Parents Committee provides working parents with informative programs that will further parents' ability to balance family and career obligations. Forum programs address issues such as flexible work schedules, time management, communication between genders, and networking, all from the perspective of the busy working parent. The programs also provide parents with opportunities to exchange information and ideas for successfully balancing their many responsibilities.

Young Lawyers Committee
Co-Chairs: Anna KwidzinskiJen Mika
The Young Lawyers Committee hosts programs designed to address issues that are of particular interest to young lawyers and lawyers who are new to the profession. This committee provides opportunities for young lawyers to meet others in the WBA and also allows the WBA to reach out to and recruit new members.


Forums

Communications Law Forum
Co-Chairs: Kate DickersonLynne Milne, Laura C. Mow
The Communications Law Forum presents programs on substantive communications issues, hosts panels about careers in communications law, and offers opportunities for members to network with leaders in the industry.

Employment Law Forum
Co-Chairs: Kate Mueting, Valerie Chastain
The Employment Law Forum plans programs to advance the professional development of practitioners in the substantive areas of labor, employment and employee benefits law, as well as to educate them on litigation practice and procedure issues. This committee provides the members of the WBA working in these areas an opportunity to share topical information, participate in substantive presentations, and create a social and professional network. 

Energy and Environmental Law Forum
Co-Chairs: Shannon BeebeAngela Colamaria, Holli Feichko, Jennie Morawetz
The Energy and Environmental Law Forum plans programs to advance the professional development of practitioners in the substantive areas of environmental law and to educate them on environmental litigation, regulatory counseling, and enforcement. The Forum also provides informational programs on energy laws, regulations, and policies. This committee provides WBA members working in these areas an opportunity to share topical information, participate in substantive presentations, and create and expand a social and professional network.

Government Attorneys Forum
Co-Chairs: Laura Ames, Lauren BrownMia Olsen
The Government Attorneys Forum is intended to promote the discussion of issues that are of interest to female attorneys who work for Federal, state, and local governments, including employees of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. The forum offers government attorneys opportunities to discuss pertinent issues, professional development, educational programs about government employment and benefits, and informational sessions for attorneys interested in government employment.

Health Law Forum
Co-Chairs: Jessica Glajch, Gina Simms

Immigration Law Forum
Co-Chairs: Elizabeth Roman Jones, Pauline Schwartz
The Immigration Law Forum organizes networking and information programs for attorneys practicing or looking to get into immigration law.

In-House Counsel Forum
Co-Chairs: Shaila Ohri, Debbie Tang

Insurance Law Forum
Co-Chairs: Jan Larson, Anjali Patel

Intellectual Property Law Forum
Co-Chairs: Mareesa FrederickDoris Johnson HinesLucy Plovnick
The IP Law Forum provides women practicing in the intellectual property field with opportunities to advance their legal knowledge, increase professional contacts, and improve the status of women practicing in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright, unfair competition, computer and technology law. The forum holds planning meetings, brown bag lunches and programs of interest to women.

International Law Forum
Co-Chairs: Janelle Gordon, Inessa OwensCanby Wood
The International Law Forum promotes knowledge and understanding of important issues to the international legal community; seeks to engage professionals in discussions of international law and affairs; and develops networking and mentoring opportunities for practitioners and students interested in this field.

Litigation Forum
Co-Chairs: Theresa Bowman, Jacqueline LeonardSherlyn Wiggs
The Litigation Forum offers programs designed to develop the skills of both novice and experienced litigators and to provide opportunities to socialize with members of the judiciary and other attorneys. Programs address topics such as effective discovery techniques, trial preparation and practice, the use of jury consultants, computer technology for litigation and issues facing women litigators.

Non-Profit Organizations Practice Forum
Co-Chairs: Laura CookTaylor Romigh Harrison
The Non-Profit Organization Practice Forum promotes the discussion of issues that are of interest to attorneys who represent non-profit organizations and attorneys who serve as in-house counsel for the organizations. The mission of the forum is to address the often-unique legal needs of the many non-profits in the DC area-which range from large educational institutions, to business trade groups, to the charitable foundations. The forum offers substantive programs on the legal issues affecting non-profits and also offers networking opportunities for lawyers who work for or represent clients in the non-profit sector.

Solo and Small Practice Forum
Co-Chairs: Paula Potoczak, Judith del Cuadro-Zimmerman
The Solo and Small Practice Forum offers its members an opportunity to network with others who have similar professional interests. Activities include a Referral/Resource List, programs on how to get started in a solo practice, how to move a new practice from your home to an office, how to develop your client base, how to organize an office, how to hire an assistant and much more.

Tax and Business Law Forum
Co-Chairs: Lorna MacLeod, Nancy Ortmeyer Kuhn
The Tax and Business Law provides women practicing general business litigation and transactional work with the opportunity to obtain substantive legal information as well as networking opportunities.


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