Committees & Forums

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Committees
20+ Years of Expertise Committee
Amicus Committee
Career Development Committee
Community Projects Committee/Legal Advocacy
Diversity Committee
Executive and Judicial Endorsements Committee
Future Leaders
History and Archiving Committee

Leadership Task Force
Membership Committee
Mentoring Committee
More Than An Attorney
Raising the Bar Editorial Board
Social Media Committee
Wellness Initiative
Working Parents/Lawyers at Home Committee
Women and Finance
Women in Public Service/Politics Committee

Women of Color Taskforce
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
Email: 20plus@wbadc.org
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: Mary Blatch, Kathleen Borschow, Ana Jara, E. Brantley Webb
Email: amicus@wbadc.org
The Amicus Committee supports law that promotes issues important to women.

Career Development Committee
Co-Chairs: Kara Dodson, Ethel Badawi, Avani Patel
Email: careerdevelopment@wbadc.org
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: Mary Blatch, Akua D. Coppock, Rosemarie Longo, Melody Webb
Email: communityprojects@wbadc.org
The Community Projects Committee provides a vehicle for attorneys to assist local community organizations through fundraising and volunteer service efforts.

Diversity Committee
Co-Chairs: Elisabeth M. Baker, Christine Brown, Elizabeth Lan Davis, Lyzette Wallace
Email: diversity@wbadc.org
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 Herring, Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Laurie Wiesner
Email: endorsements@wbadc.org
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.

Future Leaders
Co-Chairs: Sonia Murphy, Candace Smyth
Email: futureleaders@wbadc.org

History and Archiving Committee
Co-Chairs: Jennifer Mamman
Email: historyarchiving@wbadc.org

Leadership Task Force
Co-Chairs: Laura Beckerman, Anna Rappaport, Canby Wood
Email: ltf@wbadc.org
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: Alison Barberi, Kate MuetingNina Ren, Natalie Roisman, Ethel Badawi
Email: membershipcomm@wbadc.org
The Membership Committee works to recruit new members and to develop and implement membership retention initiatives.

Mentoring Committee
Co-Chairs: Taliesin Gabriel, Megan Granger, Nicole Stinson
Email: mentoring@wbadc.org
The Mentoring Committee hosts events providing new and young lawyers advice on entering competitive fields of law, as well at networkig opportunities. 

More Than An Attorney
Co-Chairs: Kandis Gibson, Yael Krigman
Email: morethanattorney@wbadc.org

Raising the Bar Editorial Board
Co-Chairs: Sonali Khadilkar, Anjali Patel, Tiffany Wynn
Email: rtb@wbadc.org
The Raising the Bar Editorial Board edits and publishes six newsletters a year promoting the Women's Bar Association.

Social Media Committee
Co-Chairs: Josephine M. Bahn Jennison
Email: socialmedia@wbadc.org
The Social Media Committee creates content for a strong social media presence, updates the social media policy, and hosts programs related to how best to use social media.

Wellness Initiative
Co-Chairs: Serafina Concannon, Josephine Harriott, Jennifer Scarbrough, Marie VanDam
Email: wellness@wbadc.org

Women and Finance
Co-Chairs: Charlotte Kuenen, Anna Ratner
Email: womenfinance@wbadc.org

Women In Public Service/Politics Committee
Co-Chairs: Nancy Kuhn, Renunda Lee, LaRuby May
Email: Womeninpolitics@wbadc.org
The Women in Politics Committee assists women interested in elected office by providing resources and information to WBA members who may be considering pursuing elected office or a related career in politics.  We connect women elected officials at all levels of government with our members and non-members through networking events and informative programming.  Much of our programming serves as a practical guide for women entering the field of politics with the goal of demystifying the process and increasing the number of women in politics throughout the country. We also aim to increase women’s participation in the political process, whether or not they aspire to a career in politics.

Women of Color Taskforce
Co-Chairs: Amy Bess, Sherri Evans Harris, Sherlyn Wiggs
Email: womenofcolor@wbadc.org

Working Parents/Lawyers at Home Committee
Co-Chairs: Tania Mabrey, Angela Quigley, Kerry Verdi
Email: workingparentslah@wbadc.org
This committee provides working parents with informative programs that will further parents’ ability to balance family and career obligations. Forum addresses issues such as flexible work schedules, time management, communication between genders, and networking, all from the perspective of the busy working parent. Programs also provide parents with opportunities to exchange information and ideas for successfully balancing their many responsibilities. The Lawyers at Home portion of this group advances the interests of lawyers who have presently turned all, or a significant portion of their attention, from career to family.

Young Lawyers Committee
Co-Chairs: Megan Granger, Elizabeth Thompson
Email: younglawyers@wbadc.org
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 Dickerson, Laura C. Mow, Jen Oberhausen
Email: communicationslaw@wbadc.org
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: Setareh Ebrahimian, Valerie A. Teachout, Jacqueline Thompson
Email: employmentlaw@wbadc.org
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: Elizabeth Kroop, Laura Yaffe
Email: energyenvironmentlaw@wbadc.org
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: Rachel Davakis, Daniela Murch
Email: governmentattorneys@wbadc.org
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: Renee-Lauren Ellis, Shannon McGovern, Shannon Rohn
Email: healthlaw@wbadc.org
The Health Law Forum provides informational programs regarding general health topics such as financing healthcare, women’s health issues, and care for family members in addition to providing opportunities for networking among health lawyers and women health lawyers in particular.

Immigration Law Forum
Co-Chairs: Kate Adams, Leticia Corona, Pauline Schwartz
Email: immigrationlaw@wbadc.org
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: Oluriyike ("Rike") Ojediran, Leslie Saint, Laurie Wiesner
Email: inhouse@wbadc.org

Insurance Law Forum
Co-Chairs: Marie VanDam, Valerie Pelton
Email: insurancelaw@wbadc.org

Intellectual Property Law Forum
Co-Chairs: Lucy Plovnick, Alesha Dominique
Email: iplaw@wbadc.org
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: Pratibha Agarwal, Yasmine Amensua, Rebeka Bautista
Email: internationallaw@wbadc.org
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: Sarah Connell, Ann Marie Duffy, Danielle Sgro
Email: litigation@wbadc.org
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: Alana C. Brown, Taylor Harrison
Email: nonprofitorgs@wbadc.org
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: Amelia Schmidt, Sarah Fink
Email: solosmall@wbadc.org
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: Heather Horton, Jennifer Scarbrough, Tara Rao
Email: taxbusiness@wbadc.org
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.