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Dare to Make an Impact

Dear WBA Family:

I am excited to serve as your president this year and look forward to participating in and attending the great programming that is put on by our brilliant co-chairs. In addition to our 29 Committees and Forums, I have seven areas on which we plan to focus this bar year. They include: Wellness; Women and Finance; Women of Color Taskforce; More Than an Attorney; Future Leaders; Advocacy Impact Initiative; and CLE abroad.

If you are interested in serving as a co-chair for a committee, forum or one of the seven initiatives, please email admin@wbadc.org.

Last bar year, we “Marched On” and achieved so much to put women on equal footing as men. But there is still work to be done. I’m reminded of a saying:

“If there were ever a time to dare, to make a difference, to embark on something worth doing, it is now." (Author Unknown)

We have to do better. It is time for high heels to be in high places. And together we can be the change to move the needle forward.

As I started to prepare for my term as president, I decided to look back and read the rich history of this organization. And what I found was that issues we faced a 100 plus years ago are still some of the same issues that we face today. Some may say if we are facing the same issues from yesteryear, why fight? Why stand up? But what I also discovered was that our founders and many members of the WBA, against all odds, changed laws and became the voices on issues that confronted women and girls in the legal profession. So why stand up and be heard? It’s simple “Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing” (Friedrich Schiller). Thus, my theme for this year is DARE TO MAKE AN IMPACT

While we have made great advances over the past 101 years, our work is far from done. Now is not the time to be fatigued or discouraged. It is the time to continue to stand up and be heard and DARE TO MAKE AN IMPACT

We do this in many ways, including being an advocate on issues that impact women and girls, becoming more involved with the community, and offering our legal expertise to organizations who support our cause. We stand up and make an impact by bringing all the players to the table—both women and men—and focus on equal pay for women, equal opportunity, and a workplace free of harassment. Finally, we respond to the problem of 2.9% minority women partners by creating a taskforce made up of in-house attorneys and their outside firms and design a program that will provide women of color with origination credit and first chair opportunities. 

Our founders could have become discouraged as the many doors closed in front of them. Instead, they dared and founded the WBA when the Bar Association of DC refused to open its membership to women. They dared and founded the Washington College of Law to provide women access to a legal education. The WBA dared and lobbied for equal pay for women, voting rights, and equal access to justice. Judge Joyce Hens Green and Dovey Johnson Roundtree dared and made the WBA inclusive.

So my challenge to everyone for the 2018-2019 Bar Year is: Let’s make an IMPACT. I dare you. 

WBA Announces #OurVoices Campaign To Address Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
The Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (WBA) is proud to announce a new campaign—called #OurVoices—that pledges the WBA’s support for every person who has experienced sexual harassment or a #MeToo moment and promises swift action from the WBA in the form of programming, policy statements, social media campaigns, and more, to achieve workplaces that are free of sexual harassment. The WBA also extends its continuing support to those firms and other organizations that continue to work to eliminate sexual harassment within and outside of their workplaces. Click here to read more.

News and Highlights

Woman Lawyer of the Year
Laurie Robinson Haden, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at CBS Corporation and the Founder and CEO of Corporate Counsel Women of Color, is the 2019 WBA Woman Lawyer of the Year. Click here to learn more.

Judicial Endorsements

Requests for endorsement for the DC Superior Court (Johnson vacancy) must be received by 5:00pm, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Click here for information on the endorsements process.

All-In for Women

The WBA is recognizing law firms with 100% WBA membership among their female lawyers. The WBA is committed to advancing the interests of women lawyers, and we applaud law firms that share this commitment and demonstrate it by encouraging WBA membership. This month, we thank Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, P.C. and KaiserDillon PLLC for being All-In for Women!

If your firm (or office or practice group, in the case of a larger firm) is interested in being All-In for Women, please contact the WBA Membership Committee at membershipcomm@wbadc.org.

Election Results
Thank you to everyone who voted in the 2019 Election. We are pleased to announce our successful candidates:

President: Jill  Dash (by succession)
President-Elect: Sadina Montani 
Treasurer: Sasha Hodge-Wren (by succession)
TreasurerElect: Lauren Brown
Secretary: Renee-Lauren Ellis
Board Members, 3 yr term: Cathy Pagano, Natalie Roisman, Roya Vasseghi
Board Member, 2 yr term: Kandis Gibson
Board Member, 1 yr term: Michelle Turner Roberts 

Volunteer Opportunities
Get Involved with our Committees and Forums and maximize your WBA membership. Applications for those interested in serving as a co-chair or on a committee are accepted on an ongoing basis. Email admin@wbadc.org or call 202-639-8880 for more information. 

DC Bar Elections 
Voting for the DC Bar elections open on April 30 and there are several WBA members running. Below is the list of WBA candidates and positions they are running for. Voting will be open until May 24. Good luck to all the candidates! You can vote here.

Candidate for President-Elect
Geoffrey M. Klineberg, Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, P.L.L.C.
Charles C. Lemley, Wiley Rein LLP
Candidate for Secretary
Garylene “Gage” D. Javier, Buckley LLP
Courtney L. Weiner of the Law Office, Courtney Weiner PLLC

Candidate for Board of Governors
Jessica E. Adler, The Law Office of Jessica E. Adler
Su Sie Ju, Bread for the City
Paul Lee, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Bridget Rowan, American University Washington College of Law
ABA House of Delegates
Pauline Schneider


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