Please click here to view pictures from our 

2015 Charlotte E. Ray Award Reception

honoring Kirra L. Jarratt


Upcoming Events

2015 Annual Auction

April 10, 2015
6:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Loews Madison Hotel
1177 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Annual silent and live auction to raise funds for GWAC's charitable activities

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The Pink Party!

April 20, 2015
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

DC Superior Court Jurors' Lounge
500 Indiana Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001

Join us for an intimate conversation about breast cancer prevention and awareness.

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National Bar Association 2015 International Affiliates Meeting

May 06, 2015
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM



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Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

May 09, 2015
7:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Washington Monument
National Mall
Washington, DC

Join Team GWAC!

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March Member Spotlight

Alicia McNeal


Alicia McNeal is GWAC’s inaugural Historian. She is responsible for procuring and archiving all documents, photographs, and any other historical memorabilia for GWAC.

Alicia currently works as a Legal Research Specialist at Bloomberg BNA. She is a native of Colorado, working to be an active member of the DC community. She recently represented GWAC at the Out Lives Matter Youth Town Hall hosted by FBR Boys and Girls Club.

Alicia received her B.A. in 2008 in Public Relations, with a minor in History from Georgia State University, and received her J.D. in 2013 from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Law. During her time at FAMU, she founded the Student Intellectual Property Law Association (SIPLA). She also served as the school representative for the American Bar Association. She is interested in both Labor and Employment law, as well as Intellectual Property law. She is a member of the Maryland Bar. 


Please use the link below to nominate a member that should be in the spotlight.

Member of the Month Nomination Form

Join Now!!

We are still accepting new members.  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.


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.


Please click here to view pictures from our

40th Anniversary Tea.