Awards & Recognition

WBA recognizes excellence in the legal profession with the following awards:

The Woman Lawyer of the Year Award is given annually by the WBA at its Annual Awards dinner, held in May. The award recognizes a woman for her exceptional achievements in the legal profession and/or for her extraordinary contributions to the advancement of women in the profession.

The theme for the 2020 Woman Lawyer of the Year is “Building Community, Building Power.” This theme recognizes that if we put our energies into making change collectively, with determination and creativity, we will get there. The WBA is looking for nominees who embody the theme of tireless commitment to advancing women lawyers in the profession and continuously striving toward a more egalitarian future. Nominations are due September 20, 2019. Click here for the nomination form.

The Janet Reno Torchbearer Award recognizes exceptional women lawyers, their achievements, and the trails they have blazed for those women who have followed. The Torchbearer Award is not expected to be given annually. It is reserved for those rare occasions when the accomplishments of an individual are so extraordinary that they should be recognized. Recipients are recognized by the WBA at its Annual Awards dinner, held in May.

The Stars of the Bar reception is the WBA’s largest no-cost networking event and kicks off the WBA's program year. It is typically attended by more than 300 attorneys, including judges, law students, and leaders in the DC legal community. Stars of the Bar offers a professional and friendly environment to network with other attorneys, including WBA members and WBA leadership. Each year at Stars of the Bar, the WBA honors and publicly salutes star-quality local attorneys. Attendees also have an opportunity to meet the WBA’s committee and forum co-chairs, who plan numerous substantive programs that address the professional and practical needs of our membership and of the greater DC legal community. Co-chairs and representatives from the WBA Foundation leadership, are present to answer your questions, alert attendees to upcoming events, and help members get more involved in the WBA and the WBA Foundation.