Greetings GWAC Members, Friends, and Supporters,
Welcome to the 2023 -2024 GWAC bar year!
It is with great excitement that I welcome you to the 2023-2024 Bar Year. I am extremely humbled and honored to serve as GWAC's president during this term. The theme for this bar year is "A Legacy of Leadership." This year, GWAC will celebrate 50 years of service to the Washington, DC area, which it has accomplished by supporting black women in their journeys through law school, the bar, and throughout their legal careers. This year we will honor our history and celebrate our Founding President, Barbara E. Whiting-Wright, Past Presidents, and the amazing lawyers within our ranks. By learning their stories and accomplishments that constitute GWAC's rich legacy, we will be inspired to achieve our goals and add to that legacy.
Yours in Service,
The Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association (GWAC) is a network of African American women attorneys dedicated to the professional development of its members. We are committed to improving the quality of life in the Greater Washington D.C. area through a variety of activities, including educational programs and community service projects.
In 1993, GWAC established a
charitable arm – GWAC Foundation, Inc. (“the Foundation”). The Foundation received its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service in 1995. That same year, GWAC provided the Foundation with its original endowment, which it has more than tripled over the years. The work of the Foundation is performed entirely by volunteers with no paid staff.
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The National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and is the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African American attorneys and judges. It has 84 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and affiliations in Canada, the United Kingdom, Africa Morocco and the Caribbean. It represents the interests of approximately 65,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students. The NBA is organized around 23 substantive law sections, 9 divisions, 12 regions and 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world.