Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association promotes the advancement of the status of women in Rhode Island and in the legal profession. RIWBA offers a forum to discuss and address local, national, and international issues of significance to women generally and to female attorneys in particular. RIWBA advocates for the fair and equal administration of justice throughout the state of Rhode Island. Through philanthropy, education, mentoring and connecting people, RIWBA has improved and continues to improve the Rhode Island community as a whole.
RIWBA offers accredited Continuing Legal Education seminars targeted at the needs, challenges and issues facing female attorneys in their practices. In the past, the RIWBA has partnered with female Rhode Island Judiciary members to bring seminars that offer unique insight on the practice of law in Rhode Island state courts. RIWBA has also made significant charitable efforts throughout Rhode Island, including annual holiday gift bag drives, clothing drives to assist women entering the work force, and events to support to local female youth living in group homes. Furthermore, various RIWBA-sponsored networking events have fostered a close-knit relationship among our members, providing our membership with valuable sources of knowledge and contacts.
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
One of my goals for the upcoming year is to utilize the results from our member survey. In an effort to do so, I hope to continue some of our past events as well as implement some of the new events suggested by our members. Our past events include our annual kick-off event, the “Dressing Well” event, continuing legal education credits, and the annual dinner where our organization presents a woman in the legal profession with the Ada Sawyer Award. Through these events, I would like to continue our donation efforts to local charities.
I am excited to work with our Cultural Diversity Committee in addressing the challenges women of diverse backgrounds face in the legal profession. Last, I look forward to the continued growth in membership of this organization. It is a great place to network and meet other members who support each other in the advancement of women in the legal profession.
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