Leadership

WBA Committees and Forums

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Committees

20+ Years of Expertise Committee

Co-Chairs: Nancy Kuhn
Email: 20plus@wbadc.org

The 20+ Years of Expertise Committee provides programming focused on women who are veterans in the legal profession and are experts in their area of practice.

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Amicus Committee

Co-Chairs: Monica Milton, Sarah Mugmon, Upnit Bhatti
Email: amicus@wbadc.org

The Amicus Committee supports the law that promotes issues important to women.

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Anti-Racist Toolkit Committee

Co-Chairs: Kate Neville, Sabrina Argentieri
Email: beingantiracist@wbadc.org

Career Development and Mentoring Committee

Co-Chairs: Debra Friedmann, Natasha Sim, Bridget Richardson
Email: careermentoring@wbadc.org

The Career Development Committee focuses on networking, career enhancement, career alternatives, and job search techniques. The Committee focuses on providing career-enhancing opportunities and information.

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Career Toolkit Committee

Co-Chairs: Bridget Richardson, Debra Friedmann, Stephanie McClellan, Jenny Bi
Email: careertoolkit@wbadc.org

Community Projects Committee

Co-Chairs: Jenny Bi
Email: communityprojects@wbadc.org

The Community Projects Committee provides a vehicle for attorneys to assist local community organizations through fundraising and volunteer service efforts.

Diversity Committee

Co-Chairs: Lesa Lawrence, Kate Neville, Aaron Szot
Email: diversity@wbadc.org

The Diversity Committee promotes greater inclusion of ethnically, religiously, LGBT, and culturally diverse women attorneys at all levels of the legal profession by offering programs to address issues related to real and perceived barriers to advancement, and the unique challenges that diverse women attorneys face daily. We will accomplish this through heightening awareness and promotion of the intrinsic value that women from diverse backgrounds offer.

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Executive and Judicial Endorsements Committee

Co-Chairs: Rachel Hardwick, Grishma Pradhan, Caroline Ostro
Email: endorsements@wbadc.org

The Executive and Judicial Endorsements Committee carefully evaluates candidates seeking WBA’s endorsement, focusing on the candidates’ qualifications, integrity, communications skills, temperament, experience, scholarship and commitment to the concepts of equal opportunity and equal justice under the law.

Fireside Chat Committee/Women of Color Taskforce

Co-Chairs: Lori Parris, Patricia Davison-Lewis
Email: womenofcolor@wbadc.org

History and Archiving Committee

Co-Chairs: Jennifer Mammen
Email: historyarchiving@wbadc.org

Membership Committee

Co-Chairs: Jen Mika, Roya Vasseghi, Anna Ratner, Jennifer Mammen, Ana Jara, Nasar Ali, Kate Mueting
Email: membershipcomm@wbadc.org

Raising the Bar Editorial Board

Co-Chairs: 
Email: rtb@wbadc.org

The Raising the Bar Editorial Board edits and publishes six newsletters a year promoting the Women’s Bar Association.

Social Media Committee

Co-Chairs: Sameena Kluck, Olivia Robinson
Email: socialmedia@wbadc.org

The Social Media Committee creates content for a strong social media presence, updates the social media policy, and hosts programs related to how best to use social media.

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Women and Finance Committee

Co-Chairs: Gaffar Chowdhury, Lillian Hagen, Lorren Patterson, Alexandra Serber
Email: womenfinance@wbadc.org

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Women in Public Service/Politics

Co-Chairs: Bayliss Fiddiman, Nancy Kuhn
Email: womeninpolitics@wbadc.org

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Working Parents/Lawyers at Home Committee

Co-Chairs: Pam Keller, Candace Berardi
Email: workingparentslah@wbadc.org

This committee provides working parents with informative programs that will further parents’ ability to balance family and career obligations. Forum addresses issues such as flexible work schedules, time management, communication between genders, and networking, all from the perspective of the busy working parent. Programs also provide parents with opportunities to exchange information and ideas for successfully balancing their many responsibilities. The Lawyers at Home portion of this group advances the interests of lawyers who have presently turned all, or a significant portion of their attention, from career to family.

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Young Lawyers Committee

Co-Chairs: Emily Lagan, Ashley Bouchez, Chiara Resta
Email: younglawyers@wbadc.org

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Forums

Communications & Technology Law Forum

Co-Chairs: Lesa Lawrence, Funmi Owolabi
Email: communicationslaw@wbadc.org

The Communications Law Forum presents programs on substantive communications issues, hosts panels about careers in communications law, and offers opportunities for members to network with leaders in the industry.

Contracts & Transaction Forum

Co-Chairs:
Email: contractstransaction@wbadc.org

Employment Law Forum

Co-Chairs: Janine Herring, Kelle Kruse
Email: employmentlaw@wbadc.org

The Employment Law Forum plans programs to advance the professional development of practitioners in the substantive areas of labor, employment and employee benefits law, as well as to educate them on litigation practice and procedure issues. This committee provides the members of the WBA working in these areas an opportunity to share topical information, participate in substantive presentations, and create a social and professional network.

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Energy and Environmental Law Forum

Co-Chairs: Kathryn Caballero, Laura Yaffe
Email: energyenvironmentlaw@wbadc.org

The Energy and Environmental Law Forum plans programs to advance the professional development of practitioners in the substantive areas of environmental law and to educate them on environmental litigation, regulatory counseling, and enforcement. The Forum also provides informational programs on energy laws, regulations, and policies. This committee provides WBA members working in these areas an opportunity to share topical information, participate in substantive presentations, and create and expand a social and professional network.

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Government Attorneys Forum

Co-Chairs: Linda Goldwyn, Michelle Spatz
Email: governmentattorneys@wbadc.org

The Government Attorneys Forum is intended to promote the discussion of issues that are of interest to female attorneys who work for Federal, state, and local governments, including employees of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. The forum offers government attorneys opportunities to discuss pertinent issues, professional development, educational programs about government employment and benefits, and informational sessions for attorneys interested in government employment.

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Immigration Law Forum

Co-Chairs: Leticia Corona
Email: immigrationlaw@wbadc.org

The Immigration Law Forum organizes networking and information programs for attorneys practicing or looking to get into immigration law.

In-House Counsel Forum

Co-Chairs: Lisa Brown, Meg Inomata
Email: inhouse@wbadc.org

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Litigation Forum

Co-Chairs: Steve Jarreau, Ana Jara, Chris Macchiaroli, Jenny Bi, Sophie Meadows
Email: litigation@wbadc.org

The Litigation Forum offers programs designed to develop the skills of both novice and experienced litigators and to provide opportunities to socialize with members of the judiciary and other attorneys. Programs address topics such as effective discovery techniques, trial preparation and practice, the use of jury consultants, computer technology for litigation and issues facing women litigators.

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Non-Profit Organizations Practice Forum

Co-Chairs: Betsy Harned, Catherine Hedgeman
Email: nonprofitorgs@wbadc.org

The Non-Profit Organization Practice Forum promotes the discussion of issues that are of interest to attorneys who represent non-profit organizations and attorneys who serve as in-house counsel for the organizations. The mission of the forum is to address the often unique legal needs of the many non-profits in the DC area-which range from large educational institutions, to business trade groups, to charitable foundations. The forum offers substantive programs on the legal issues affecting non-profits and also offers networking opportunities for lawyers who work for or represent clients in the non-profit sector.

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Solo and Small Practice Forum

Co-Chairs: Pratibha Agarwal, Amy Norris
Email: solosmall@wbadc.org

The Solo and Small Practice Forum offers its members an opportunity to network with others who have similar professional interests. Activities include a Referral/Resource List, programs on how to get started in a solo practice, how to move a new practice from your home to an office, how to develop your client base, how to organize an office, how to hire an assistant and much more.

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Wellness and Health Law Forum

Co-Chairs: Olivia Robinson
Email: wellness@wbadc.org

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