Upcoming Events

Save the Date! 2014 Annual Auction

April 25, 2014
6:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Loews-Madison Hotel
1177 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Save the Date! GWAC's 2014 auction will be on April 25.

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Bingo Night- June

June 14, 2014
5:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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

Friends and family are welcome to attend.

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 April Member of the Month




Tonya Sapp has been an active member of GWAC for the past 10 years.   She is currently the chair of the GWAC Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of GWAC, tasked with raising funds for service to the legal community.  Ms. Sappp has practiced law for 25 years.  During to course of her legal career, Ms. Sapp has held various positions in private and government practice.  Since 2011, Ms. Sapp has served as the General Counsel to the Department of Employment Services. 

Ms. Sapp has an extensive history of commitment to government service.  From 2006 to 2011, she was the Deputy of the Health and Human Services Division in the Office of the Attorney General, where she assisted General Counsels from 10 agencies with providing consistent and timey legal advice on a variety of program and legal issues impacting the services and supports available to the most vulnerable District residents.  Ms. Sapp’s past work has included prosecuting criminal cases in Fairfax County, VA for 8 years, and prosecuting civil commitment petitions for persons with mental illness or mental retardation for the first 5 of her 15 years in the Office of the Attorney General.  Ms. Sapp also spent some time working in the private sector, defending civil suits and workers’ compensation claims for CNA Insurance in Washington, DC for 2 years. 

Tonya Sapp is a native Washingtonian.  She graduated from Cardozo Senior High School, Georgetown University and George Mason University School of Law.   In her free time Ms. Sapp is a girl gamer and an avid golfer.

Message From The President

Greetings and Welcome to the Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association (GWAC)!  As we approach our 40th year, we are committed to building on the achievements of our organization and continuing to advance the interests of African American women attorneys in the D.C. metropolitan area.

I am honored to serve as the President of our organization and I along with a strong Board of Directors will strive to make this organization responsive to its members.  We have worked hard to provide opportunities for networking, as well as programming focused on equipping our membership with the tools needed to succeed in today’s challenging legal environment.

I am very proud to be a part of GWAC and I hope you will join me in continuing our rich legacy of community service and experience all that GWAC has to offer.  There are many ways to get connected and become involved.  I invite you to become active in planning and implementing our services, programs and events, by joining a committee, or by volunteering to help with an event. For more information about GWAC, please peruse our website or email info@gwacbar.org.

Kind regards,

Shara Chang

President, GWAC