I am honored to serve as the 58th President of the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association (BWBA) and excited to work with our new board and membership towards our collective goals of educating and empowering all attorneys regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation, group or class.
On April 11, 2018, the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association (BWBA) celebrated its 100th Anniversary, a historic event and a fitting reminder that we are the oldest chapter member of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY). WBASNY is the second largest bar association in the State of New York with over 4,000 members. I am humbled to be a part of this pioneering organization which has offered opportunities and camaraderie to so many for so long. It has been my pleasure to work with amazing women and men on prior boards, and I am certain that this board will effectively tackle the challenges ahead and continue the demanding work of our predecessors.
Although we are in name a “women’s” bar, we proudly admit and encourage all New York attorneys and judiciary to join us in our quest to provide a professional network and support system for all attorneys and members of the judiciary. We offer affordable legal education programs to our members and engage in community outreach efforts to help the broader community.
I look forward to all of the things we will accomplish together this year while supporting each other professionally and personally. I know the BWBA will continue to help each of its members promote their individual professional and personal goals with our unique programing, various committees and diverse membership. We invite each of you to become more involved with our individual committees such as the Young Lawyers Committee, Mentoring Committee, Annual Dinner Committee, Membership Committee and Continuing Legal Education Committee.
It is my goal this year that we can reach more members from the legal community and judiciary in all areas of practice. In the same vein, it is imperative to embrace our diversity and broaden our horizons by crossing gender, race and socio-economic classes. This year the BWBA is proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. There are no limits to the success we can achieve if we simply work together toward our common goals.
Every day the importance of community service and transparency in our actions becomes more recognized in our society. We at the BWBA have known this for more than 100 years. It is paramount to give back to our communities, our profession, new lawyers and Bar Associations. We at the BWBA strive to build a better community and exceed our own annual expectations. I thank you for allowing me to be a small part of this goal and challenge us to be even better than we were last year.
Here is to another fantastic year!
All the best,