The Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA) was founded in June 1976 by Marva A. Allen,
Professor Paulette M. Caldwell, Judge Eardell Jenner Rashford, Deacon Cynthia W. Roundtree,
Margaret Price Williams and Sylvia Guilford Wright, all graduates of Howard University School of Law.
We are a not-for-profit bar association that promotes and supports the professional development and
growth of African-American women attorneys.
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.
Continuing Legal Education program, which was implemented to expand legal skills and knowledge.
The committee is responsible for bridging the gap between the public and the members. There are numerous programs in the community.
ABWA relies on recruiting and retaining a steady and strong membership base to maintain its programs and activities.
The committee is responsible for monitoring and responding to legislation of interest that affects the African-American community, women and the legal profession.
Membership with ABWA gets you connected to a diverse body of legal professionals unified through our unique combination of
characteristics: our gender, our ethnicity and our professional training and experience. As an ABWA member you will have access to all the benefits it provides, including networks, discounts, access to job opportunities, Programs, CLE, Service and more!