It is truly an honor and privilege to serve as the President of the BWBA, a chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY). Thank you for joining the BWBA’s mission to acknowledge and advance the skills and status of women in the legal field. As we continue to go through these unprecedented times, I look forward to working with you to overcome the new challenges ahead.
The theme of my Presidency is “Paving the Way Through Mentorship.” This theme emphasizes the enormous impact of mentorship within our profession. Mentorship allows us to share knowledge, experiences, and skills. Mentorship fosters professionalism, ethics, and civility. The BWBA has always been a resource for me. Through service on the Board and as a member, I am fortunate to have many accomplished mentors. The advice, encouragement, and support of my mentors have been invaluable to my growth and professional development. Over 100 years ago, the BWBA was formed for the purpose of achieving equality, diversity, fairness, and opportunity for women lawyers. Now, in these trying times, it is important that we continue to support diversity and inclusion in our legal community, and guide and mentor each other.
This year, the BWBA will host numerous programs and events to promote our theme. We hope to increase membership participation through our Committees. I encourage you to become a mentor or a mentee in our Mentorship Program and work with us to build new professional and personal networks. Join our Young Lawyers Committee, which aims to address the unique issues faced by new lawyers. I also look forward to seeing you at our signature events: Membership Party, Holiday Party, and Annual Dinner. Please check our calendar regularly for updated information on our events and programs.
Our members-only programs include FREE Continuing Legal Education Seminars, Lunch with a Judge Series, as well as automatic membership in WBASNY, which is made up of 20 statewide chapters and over 4,000 members. Our members are eligible to participate in any one of WBASNY’s over 40 committees and have the opportunity to meet and work with attorneys across New York on a wide range of cutting-edge issues in the state, national and international arenas.
Our local chapter has over 500 members from diverse backgrounds and practice areas. I have always been inspired by our members who give their time and talents to fulfill the BWBA’s mission. We invite you to share your membership achievements and stay updated on our Committee activities through our seasonal Newsletters.
I thank you for your support as we embark on a new bar year. I welcome your suggestions and ideas and hope that you look to us for encouragement, support, and friendship.
Natoya L McGhie, BWBA President