Membership Drive- Join Now!!

We are currently in the midst of our membership drive.  We would love for you to be part of our organization.  We have several career, social, and professional development events planned for this year.  Remember, membership has its advantages, such as access to the GWAC job bank and an invitation to some of our signature events.

We hope you consider joining our organization. Regular Membership is $65, Graduate Membership is $30 (graduated within the past two years), and Student Membership is $15.


Upcoming Events


October 25, 2014
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Washington Center for Aging Services
2601 18th Street, NE,
Washington, DC 20018

Join us for BINGO at WCAS!

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GWAC’s 40th Anniversary Tea

October 26, 2014
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

The Mandarin Oriental
1330 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20024


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Mock Interviews at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law

October 29, 2014
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law
4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Please volunteer to help law students!

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Law Firm and Corporate Counsel Brown Bag Lunch

October 30, 2014
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006

"The 3 Networks Every Lawyer Should Have: The role your personal, operational, and strategic networks play in your overall success as an attorney.”

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Opportunities for Washington D.C. Attorneys to Volunteer on Election Day

November 04, 2014
7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

DC, MD, & VA

Please volunteer!

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Vision Board Party

December 03, 2014
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

MLK Library (Room A-9)
901 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Dream it. See it. Plan it. DO IT!

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October Member Spotlight


Kendra Perkins Norwood currently serves as a Chairperson of GWAC’s 40th Anniversary Committee.  She also regularly performs pro bono work through the DC Bar’s Pro Bono Program and the Legal Counsel for the Elderly.     

Kendra is an Associate at Hollingsworth LLP, where she specializes in government contracts matters as well as complex litigation involving the defense of corporate clients in federal courts across the country.  Her government contracts practice focuses on representing clients in a variety of contract disputes, including bid protests, contract terminations, and federal investigations.  She also regularly provides compliance counseling to government contractors.  Her litigation practice involves developing and executing winning litigation strategies in complex cases.  She has been a part of several trial teams, and she routinely works with scientific expert witnesses, in addition to supervising local counsel.

Prior to joining Hollingsworth LLP, Kendra worked for more than ten years at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  She is a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship and began her career at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, working as a budget and procurement analyst responsible for exercising cost and performance oversight of several multi-million dollar government aerospace contracts.  Kendra later spent several years working as a legislative liaison at NASA Headquarters, advising agency leaders on the impacts of pending and enacted legislation and ensuring their compliance with statutory and regulatory reporting requirements.  She also managed NASA’s involvement in numerous high-profile congressional hearings and investigations. 

As the Acting Director of NASA’s Legislative Research and Analysis Division, she supervised the compilation of numerous legislative histories, in addition to managing the agency-wide process for developing proposed authorization bill language for submission to Congress.  Prior to leaving NASA, she was tapped to become the Strategic Portfolio and Policy Manager in NASA’s Office of Education, where she was responsible for conducting in-depth legislative, policy, and regulatory analyses of the agency’s educational grant programs at the request of the NASA Administrator, and in coordination with Congress and the White House Office of Management and Budget. 

Kendra earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with honors, from Southern University in 1997.  After being selected as a Woodrow Wilson Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow, she earned a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2000.  She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University in 2010.  She is admitted to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.  Kendra is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  She is married to Ed Norwood, who is the Chief of Information Technology Operations at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Information Systems Agency.  They reside in Northern Virginia and are members of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church of Arlington.

Welcome!  This is the official website of the Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association (GWAC).  It is a very exciting time, as we are celebrating our 40th year anniversary.  I am humbled and honored to serve as President for the 2014-2015 bar year.  My priorities are as follows:

1. Increase Pro Bono Service
Providing legal services pro bono is integral to the success of our justice system.  I became a lawyer to help the poor.  I believe it is imperative that every person who walks through the courthouse doors has access to affordable legal representation.  I plan for GWAC to partner with local legal services organizations to ensure that we do our part to contribute to this critical need.

2.  Strengthen Region XII
I plan for GWAC to work closely with the Washington Bar Association to foster more collaboration between our respective organizations.

3.  Connect with our seasoned, esteemed members
I am pleased to announce that we recently amended our bylaws to establish a Past President Advisory Council.  The Council consists of past GWAC presidents who serve as an expert resource and provide support, guidance, and assistance as needed.

GWAC is comprised of very strong, dynamic women who are changing the world.  I am confident that we will achieve these three ambitious goals with ease.

In closing, please feel free to contact me.  I welcome your feedback and look forward to you joining our membership

Thank you!

Melanie Bates
GWAC President


Please click here to view pictures from our 2013-2014 Judicial Reception.