Upcoming Events


September 10, 2016
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Washington Center for Aging Services
2601 18th St., N.E.,
Washington, DC 20018.

Come serve our community while having fun with some of its wisest members

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Region 12 Annual Chillin' and Grillin' Cookout

September 17, 2016
3:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Residence of Cynthia and William Lightfoot
1609 Kalima Rd., NW
Washington, DC 20012

Rain Date: Sunday, 9/18/12

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General Body Meeting

September 19, 2016
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Office of Administrative Hearing
441 4th St NW #450
Washington, DC 20001

First General Body Meeting of the Bar Year

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Sisters in The Law

October 07, 2016
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


A Networking Event for Law Students and Practicing Attorneys

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Minority Flight

November 14, 2016
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

White & Case, LLP
701 13th Street, NW #600
Washington, DC 20005

Why Women of Color are Leaving Law Firms and How to Turn the Tide

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NBA International Affiliates Meeting

May 07, 2017
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Two international cities

Dubai and India,

Incredible Dubai and India Destinations

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Vacancy on DC Superior Court, occasioned by Chief Judge Satterfield intention to step down in early 2017.  

A series of Open Conference Calls for lawyers who might be interested in applying for this (or any upcoming) judicial vacancy.  With no need to register or RSVP, the calls provide a convenient, confidential, and timely opportunity to learn about the application process. 

On the call, I walk participants through the application materials, highlighting common pitfalls, discuss what to expect from the ‘public comment’ period, and outline JNC’s background check process. 

Anyone may participate by dialing 641-715-3580  access code 234-613#

Schedule as follows:

  • Tuesday August 9 at noon
  • Monday August 15 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday August 18 at noon


The schedule and more information on the current application process is available here:   http://jnc.dc.gov/page/apply-now

Katherine L. Garrett
Executive Director
DC Judicial Nomination Commission




Join Now!!

We would love for you to be part of our organization.  We have several career, social, and professional development events planned for this year.  Remember, membership has its advantages, such as access to the GWAC job bank and an invitation to some of our signature events.

We hope you consider joining our organization. Regular Membership is $65, Graduate Membership is $30 (graduated within the past two years), and Student Membership is $15.



 Click here to view our year of activities and events


2016 Judicial Reception with Keynote Speaker 
The Honorable Denise Wilson-Taylor
hosted by Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P. 

2016 - 2017 President's Welcome Message


My name is Alicia McNeal and I am both humbled and excited to serve as GWAC's President for the 2016-2017 bar year.  Over the past forty years, GWAC has shaped the legal experience for African-American female attorneys in the Greater Washington DC area.  From fighting for equality to providing education and opportunity, GWAC has always had a positive impact in the legal community.  As more African-American female attorneys enter the profession, GWAC will continue to foster and sustain a viable presence in the legal profession by providing educational and networking opportunities to ensure their success.

The theme of this bar year will be, Expanding the GWAC Brand.  This initiative will be accomplished through various panel discussions, community service projects, leadership training and interactive events.  As African-American female attorneys, it is important to not only promote professional growth but also to assist younger generations of African-American female attorneys to grow and succeed within this profession. Moreover, GWAC will focus on promoting a work/life balance.  The practice of law is a highly stressful practice and I believe it is important to create and sustain a balance.  Throughout the bar year, GWAC will host artistic and fitness networking opportunities for our members, friends, and the Greater Washington DC area legal community.   

GWAC is an organization that stands at the forefront of change within the legal community and this new bar year will be no different.  Please take the time to peruse our website and learn more about our organization.  Look at our calendar of events for various activities that you can be a part of, and if you are not already a member, please visit our membership page and join today.  

Alicia McNeal, Esq.
2016-2017 President