Member Spotlights2021-08-16T13:15:57+00:00

Member Spotlight: Bridget Bailey Lipscomb

Why did you join the WBA? I admired the strong bond amongst the WBA members. I was a member of the DC Bar Board of Governors along with Paulette Chapman, Laura Possessky, and Amy Bess, and often saw them leaving DC Bar Board Meetings together to attend WBA events. I wanted to join them in their excitement around the WBA. What benefits have you seen from your membership? I have gained friendships and sisters that I never would have obtained [...]

June 2nd, 2021|Tags: , , |

Member Spotlight: Gaffar Chowdhury

Why did you join the WBA? I was introduced to the WBA through my board service with the sister organization, Women's Bar Association Foundation. Shortly after joining the WBAF in 2012, I learned about the WBA and have been involved with both organizations, ever since. What benefits have you seen from your membership? I have learned a lot about the legal field from my sisters in the WBA. As a non-lawyer member, the programming that the Association has hosted over [...]

May 13th, 2021|

Member Spotlight: Funmi Owolabi

Why did you join the WBA? I went to a WBA event with a friend at the time and they encouraged me to join. The president was friendly, and I really felt at home with the other women attorneys who had come to the event. What benefits have you seen? I have met a number of women attorneys in a variety of fields. It’s so encouraging to converse with women who have similar experiences to me Why do you think [...]

May 5th, 2021|Tags: , |

Member Spotlight: Mary Ellen Kleiman

Why did you join the WBA? After many years of in-house practice, I decided to join the WBA because I wanted to become more connected to my female legal peers in DC, for the comradery and community I felt was lacking in my professional life.  The diversity and dynamism of the WBA membership, across practice areas, age, and race, along with its impressive history and robust programing, all drew me to the WBA. What benefits has membership brought you? I [...]

April 28th, 2021|Tags: , |

Member Spotlight: Renée-Lauren Ellis

When do you join the WBA? I joined the WBA in 2011 or 2012, shortly after beginning my first post-law school job. I'd shared with someone my uncertainty about my career; no longer did I have the linear, predictable path of schooling. The person (another Black woman lawyer) suggested checking out local voluntary bar organizations and among them was the WBA; she specifically recommended the Holiday Tea. I was too late to get a ticket to the Tea -- don't [...]

April 21st, 2021|Tags: , |

Member Spotlight: Sadina Montani

What inspired you to join during law school? I joined the WBA after attending Stars of the Bar as a 3L. I was invited to attend by former WBA and WBAF Board member Amy Bess, who was a partner at the firm at which I was a summer associate. Everyone I met at the event was so welcoming and encouraging – I knew I had to be part of the organization! What did you get out of it then? I [...]

April 14th, 2021|Tags: , |


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