Building Relationships and Empowering our Community

Over the past 32 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.

We invite you to join us.

We also extend a very special invitation to join us at our hope you will join us for our 20th Annual Ruth Whitehead Whaley Scholarship Luncheon on Saturday April 26, 2014.  The Luncheon raises funds for the Ruth Whitehead Whaley Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships each year to law students attending school in the State of New York who demonstrate not only financial need, but also a commitment to public interest or civil rights law and who actively participate in community service.  Details on our Calendar page.