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President's Welcome

Welcome to GWAC’s 2023-2024 Bar Year!

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. 

We will continue to host innovative programs that help our members learn strategies to land their first job, advance in their careers, and pivot to new practice areas.  We will give back to our community through hands-on service projects and support the GWAC Foundation's vital work of providing scholarships and stipends to law students and recent graduates.  GWAC will actively and intentionally engage in opportunities to collaborate with local bar associations and community partners to establish meaningful connections.  And we will gather for networking events, brunches, movie screenings, and celebratory receptions to deepen our existing connections and make new ones.   

I am excited to work alongside a talented Board where every member comes with a wealth of knowledge, skills, and legal expertise. I also look forward to the collective work that we will do as an organization, the ways that we will engage members, the new and innovative initiatives and programs that we will implement, and the partnerships that we will create.  Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions or feedback at  Your input is necessary and important.  Thank you in advance for your support. 

Yours in Service,

Keela S. Seales, Esq.
2023-2024 President
Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association (“GWAC”)


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.

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GWAC Foundation

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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NBA Region XII

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.

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