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What an honor it is to serve as your WBA President for the 2016-2017 bar year.

As we stand on the cusp of the Association’s 100th birthday – our Centennial Celebration - I look forward to leading the Association onward, as we “look back, and move forward.”

The Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia has been fighting for equality, advancement, and social justice for almost 100 years. It is indeed important, that we reflect on the great work we’ve done over the past century, and honor the women who came before us and upon whose shoulders we stand today.

Let us not be remiss: the work that we do is still vital today, and although we’re approaching a wonderful milestone, it’s crucial that we continue to move forward, and do the work that’s made us great and which our members expect.

In 2015, the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession published a report on women as first chairs at trial. It is clear from this report, and others of its kind, that we still have work to do.

Indeed, as highlighted by a March 1, 2016 ABA Journal article entitled, “Minority Women are Disappearing from Big Law,” despite our work, and the work of our friends at the Commission on Women in the Profession, the National Woman’s Law Center, and others – women of color are leaving law firms in droves. 

This year, our programming and activities will focus on “Looking back, and moving forward.” We are capturing the oral histories of our past presidents, early members, and other luminaries. We are also working to archive and preserve the rich history of the Association.

We will continue to forge ahead and offer networking and professional development opportunities to our members and friends, as we have always done.

We’ll address the issues that are relevant to women in the profession today, including joining the dialogue on why women of color are leaving law firms and why women in the profession have yet to achieve equal pay.

And, we are already moving forward with plans for our 2017 Annual Dinner, which will be held at the beautiful National Building Museum on May 17, 2017 – exactly 100 years to the date of our founding.

You can be a part of this effort. You can and should join us as we “look back and move forward.” If you are not a member of the WBA, please join today!

Check out our calendar, and take advantage of our programming and events this year to do your part to keep the ball moving forward for women in the profession.

The Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia: crucial then, relevant now, and vital for the next 100 years.

Let’s forge “onward to 100” and beyond!
Sonia W. Murphy
2016-2017 President


News and Highlights

WBA Election Results 
Congratulations to Our Incoming Board of Directors (2017-2018):

President (by succession): Kerri Castellini, Price Benowitz LLP
President-Elect: Yolanda Hawkins-Bautista, Freddie Mac 
Treasurer: Charlotte Kuenen, CFP® (by succession)
Treasurer-Elect: Hon. Shelly Mulkey, DC Superior Court
Secretary: Rebecca Prybell, Federal Government Attorney
Newly Elected Board of Directors: Michelle Kallen, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Sadina Montani, Vedder Price, P.C.; Anna Ratner, Kalorama Partners; Sherlyn Wiggs, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Returning Board of Directors: Anne E. Collier, Arudia; Jill Dash, American Constitution Society for Law & Policy; Elaine Fitch, Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, P.C.; Cynthia Hemphill, Trow & Rahal, P.C.; Maria G. Mendoza, Jewell Mendoza, LLC; Cathy Pagano; Roya Vasseghi, Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP
Immediate Past President: Sonia Murphy, White & Case LLP

WBA Foundation announces the 2017 grantees!
The WBAF has a new class of grantees. Click here to learn more about each organization and the projects WBAF is helping to fund. And don't forget to register for the 8th Annual Grant Awards Ceremony where you can meet each of our grantees and learn more about how to get involved.

Judicial Endorsement Requests Being Accepted
Candidates seeking a WBA endorsement for the DC Superior Court (Bush and Motley vacancies) can find information about the process at http://www.wbadc.org/endorsements. The deadline for endorsement requests is 5:00pm on July 21, 2017. 
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.

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