Resources for Women Lawyers

Local Voluntary Bars & Industry Associations

American Immigration Lawyers Association-DC Chapter
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is a national bar association of attorneys who practice and teach immigration law.

Asian Pacific American Bar Association of DC
APABA-DC is a dynamic organization that actively serves the needs of Asian Pacific Americans. They welcome anyone interested in legal issues of interest to Asian Pacific Americans to join APABA-DC.

Bar Association of the District of Columbia
The BADC is DC's voluntary bar and seeks to promote civility, justice and collegiality among members of the legal profession in the nation's capital.

DC Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
DCACDL is an organization formed by criminal defense lawyers in the District of Columbia that, among other things, promotes constant improvement in all aspects of the administration of criminal justice and the protection of the rights of individuals.

DC Bar Sections
With more than 24,000 members, the 21 sections of the D.C. Bar offer a wide selection of professional activities with more than 600 events and publications produced annually.

DC Defense Lawyers Association
The association consists of attorneys who devote substantial time to the defense of civil cases in the courts of the District of Columbia.

DC National Lawyers Guild
The National Lawyers Guild has more than 7,000 legal practitioners who seek basic change in the structure of our political and economic system.

Federal Bar Association-Capitol Hill Chapter
The Federal Bar Association is the professional organization for private and government lawyers and judges who are involved in federal practice and has offered an unmatched array of leadership opportunities and services for more than 80 years.

Federal Bar Association-DC Chapter
As the professional organization for private and government lawyers and judges involved in federal practice, the FBA has offered an unmatched array of leadership opportunities and services for more than 80 years.

Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Attorneys of Washington
GAYLAW is an independent, non-partisan bar association serving gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender lawyers, law students, and legal professionals in the national capital area.


Greater Washington Area Chapter Women Lawyers
Greater Washington Area Chapter of the Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association's stated purpose is to address the concerns of the District of Columbia metropolitan community with emphasis on African-American women in the legal profession.

Hispanic Bar Association
The Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia ( "HBA-DC" ), a non-profit organization, was founded in 1977 as the Hispanic Lawyers Association.

Metro Washington Employment Lawyers Association
As advocates for employee rights and civil rights, MWELA works to protect the rights and privileges of employees in both the private and public sectors of the Washington metropolitan area workforce.

South Asian Bar Association
The South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C. (SABA-DC) is a voluntary bar association dedicated to the needs, concerns, and interests of the South Asian American legal community in the Washington, DC area.

Trial Lawyers Association of DC
TLADC seeks to promote the administration of justice, uphold the profession of law, and better prepare its members to advance the cause of those who are damaged in person or property and who must seek redress.

Washington Bar Association
The Washington Bar Association, is an association of lawyers and judges who have gathered together to promote legal interests through the practice of law, the just causes of civil rights, and the economic empowerment for all people; and to ensure social respect, in our governmental institutions and forums, for every citizen.

Washington Council of Lawyers
The Washington Council of Lawyers, a voluntary bar association, has worked since 1971 to promote the practice of pro bono and public interest law.

Washington Foreign Law Society
The Washington Foreign Law Society was organized in 1952 to promote knowledge and understanding of foreign law, comparative legal issues, and other international legal matters.

Washington Metro Corporate Counsel Association
WMACCA is the largest regional bar association for in-house lawyers, and is the premier professional association for the in-house community in Washington, D.C., the Commonwealth of Virginia, and suburban Maryland.

National Voluntary Bars & Industry Associations

American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists
The AAJLJ represents the American Jewish legal community, defending Jewish interests and human rights in the U.S. and abroad.

Energy Bar Association
The Energy Bar Association (EBA) is a voluntary association of attorneys whose mission is to enhance the professional competence of those who practice and administer energy law.

Federal Communications Bar Association
The Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) is a volunteer organization of attorneys, engineers, consultants, economists, government officials and law students involved in the study, development, interpretation and practice of communications and information technology law and policy.

Inter-American Bar Association
The Inter-American Bar Association (IABA) represents a permanent forum for the exchange of professional views and information for lawyers to promote the Rule of Law and protect the democratic institutions in the Americas.

International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association
Since 1984, the International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association has been the primary organization informing attorneys around the world about Section 337 practice.

National Association for Women Judges
NAWJ is the nation’s leading voice for women jurists dedicated to preserving judicial independence, ensuring equal justice and access to the courts for women, minorities and other historically disfavored groups, providing judicial education on cutting-edge issues, and increasing the numbers and advancement of women judges at all levels to more accurately reflect their full participation in a democratic society.

National Conference of Black Lawyers
The National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL) serves as the legal arm of the black liberation movement and of all progressive struggles for the upliftment of the poor and people of color.

For Women Interested in Running for Office


Women’s Campaign Forum
WCF is a non-partisan national network dedicated to achieving parity for women in public office. As political venture capitalists, they work to advance women leaders at all levels of political participation and empower individuals to stand up for issues of critical importance to the health of the nation, including reproductive health.

Information and Publications

DC Bar Lawyer Assistance Program
The Lawyer Assistance Program is a free, confidential service for DC Bar members, judges, and law students who are experiencing problems which interfere with their personal or professional lives. 

National Law Review

The National Law Review is an on-line database and magazine which consolidates newsletters, legislative alerts and other industry news in one place. There is no log in to access the database, which is filled with articles that serve as great primers for legal research and are helpful in bringing non-attorneys quickly up to speed on emerging legal issues. New articles are being added to the database on a daily basis.


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