Building Relationships and Empowering our Community

Over the past 40 years, access to the legal profession has broadened significantly resulting in an exponential increase in the number of African-American women attorneys in the greater New York area. At the same time, the variety of areas in which we practice law has also expanded greatly. Accordingly, we face the challenge of continuing to give a sense of community and common purpose to our members. We need to reaffirm our commitment to supporting and promoting the talents and skills of African-American women attorneys. As captured by the leadership principle, “Vision Leaks!”, if we do not work to recommit ourselves to our goals, the mission will be forgotten. We need to rediscover where we can, with limited resources, really make a difference.

ABWA is up to this challenge. Our members present a professionally diverse body that has a unique unifying combination of characteristics: our gender, our ethnicity and our professional training and experience. By working together through ABWA, we can both be a neighbor to one another and magnify the impact of our efforts in the greater community.

Stay tuned for news, updates and details of our incoming Board of Directors and our upcoming programs.

Join us on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, for the ABWA Makeup Networking Event and General Body Meeting from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. at the Bloomingdale’s – Soho located at 504 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, New York.

For our March community service event, ABWA is partnering with PS 180 – Hugo Newman College Preparatory School in Harlem.  ABWA is asking for attorney volunteers to join us as we host a Law Morning with 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The students have asked us to give a 20 minute presentation on “students’ right to use their cellphones to take pictures of potentially unlawful activities.” The second part (30 minutes) of the program will be a Q&A session about our individual careers.  The event will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015, from 8:10am – 9:30am at 370 West 120th Street and Morningside Avenue.  Please email for more information.

ABWA’s 21st Annual Ruth Whitehead Whaley Scholarship Luncheon will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

ABWA is proud to co-sponsor the 2015 National Summit of Black Women Lawyers from April 9-11, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Please visit for more information.  ABWA members get a discount for the conference so please remember to identify yourself as a member.