Committees

Communications

I am Leslie Swain

Communications

I am Okwede Okho

Communications

Leslie Swain

Communications

Okwede Okho

Communications

We're responsible for keeping our members abreast of the happenings in our legal community and beyond—enabling them to stay connected, network, volunteer and enhance their personal and professional growth. Stay up to date with our weekly announcements, follow us on social media, and share our events. Want to join our Communications Committee? Email us and get involved so we can continue to evolve! Do you have a job opportunity to share? Let us know at:communications@abwanewyork.org.

Community Service

I am Safiya Parker

Co- chairs of Community Service

I am Taaj Reaves

Co- chairs of Community Service

I am Doralyn DeDios

Co- chairs of Community Service

Safiya Parker

Co- chairs of Community Service

Taaj Reaves

Co- chairs of Community Service

Doralyn DeDios

Co- chairs of Community Service

We aim to partner with stakeholders so that together we may effect change. The Community Service Committee is responsible for bridging the gap between the public and ABWA members through programs designed to give back to our community. The Community Service Committee has organized many programs, such as a Holiday Clothing Drive and Mixer, as well as a Legal Workshop, with Bottomless Closet, Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) walk and fundraiser, food preparation with the Bowery Mission, a Suits and Separates Clothing Drive to benefit Dress for Success, and a Career Day for middle school students at P.S. 183. ABWA Community Service Committee members are excited to continue existing relationships while developing new ones in our community as we strive to fulfill ABWA’s mission of “Lifting as we Rise.”

Operations

I am Trecia Johnson

Operations

Trecia Johnson

Operations

The Operations Committee is responsible for ensuring the smooth functioning of the Association by managing logistics for the ABWA website and other behind-the-scenes activities. Have a photo you would like to share in ABWA’s photo gallery? Email us at abwagroup@gmail.com!”

Legislative

I am Joyce Ellie

Legislative

I am Leneer Hutchinson

Legislative

I am Asha Smith

Legislative

Joyce Ellie

Legislative

Leneer Hutchinson

Legislative

Asha Smith

Legislative

Legislative Committee is responsible for monitoring legislation and public policy of interest that affects the African American community, women, and the legal profession. The Committee is responsible for advocacy before local and state governmental bodies on issues of interest to our membership. Special emphasis is given to the need to promote greater diversity in the judiciary. The Committee is also responsible for developing ties to local legislators and political leaders and keeping them informed of ABWA’s activities and viewpoints.

Membership

I am Allison Hobbs

Membership

I am Denise Acron

Membership

Allison Hobbs

Membership

Denise Acron

Membership

The ABWA membership committee oversees all aspects of membership including but not limited to outreach, retention, expansion, and support. Our goal is to ensure all ABWA members have the resources necessary to tap into ABWA's unique network of accomplished individuals.

Programing

I am Pia Wood

Co-Chair of Programs

I am Trecia Johnson

Co-Chair of Programs

I am Tanya Blocker

Co-Chair of Programs

I am Efe Ukala

RWW Scholarship Programming Chair

Pia Wood

Co-Chair of Programs

Trecia Johnson

Co-Chair of Programs

Tanya Blocker

Co-Chair of Programs

Efe Ukala

RWW Scholarship Programming Chair

The Programs Committee works seamlessly with each of the Committees to host programs throughout the Bar Year. We are committed to delivering impactful programs to our members and supporters.

Scholarship and Outreach

I am Kelechi Okengwu

Scholarship and Outreach

I am Leneer Hutchinson

Scholarship and Outreach

I am Paula T. Edgar

Scholarship and Outreach

Kelechi Okengwu

Scholarship and Outreach

Leneer Hutchinson

Scholarship and Outreach

Paula T. Edgar

Scholarship and Outreach

The Scholarship Committee reviews scholarship applications from law students in the New York and Tri-State region for the Ruth Whitehead Whaley Scholarhip. The Committee selects the top candidates based on a variety of criteria and generally awards a $3,000 scholarship to two deserving students at ABWA’s annual Gala or Luncheon. The Committee also assists the Board in raising scholarship funds.

Chief of Staff

I am Selitta Legrand

Chief Of Staff

Selitta Legrand

Chief Of Staff