2017-2018 President’s Welcome Message

Janea J. Hawkins, Esquire

Dear GWAC Members and Friends,

It is my distinct honor and privilege to greet you as the President for the 2017-2018 term. We are proud that GWAC is approaching its 44th year, which is a testament to the rich history that this dynamic bar association boasts. As President, but most importantly, as a devoted GWAC member, I am dedicated to ensuring that not only are our voices continually heard on issues that affect our organization, our legal profession and our community, but also that our distinguished presence is sustained for many years to come.

The theme for the 2017-2018 term is Enhancing the Vision.”  As women of color in the legal profession, we stand upon the shoulders of those who have gone before us to pave the way for our opportunities.  Thus, GWAC will continue to fulfill the legacy that our founders created by empowering the community, advancing women of color in the legal profession, and celebrating our accolades and achievements together. GWAC will continually strive to advocate and promote the educational, professional, political and social needs and goals of Black women lawyers in the Washington D.C. area.

I have served in multiple roles within GWAC because I have a true love for this organization and everything that it stands for.  I firmly believe that there are many accolades and accomplishments that we can achieve together when we confidently take our seat at the table. To this end, during the 2017-2018 term we will continue to serve the GWAC membership by creating memorable experiences that build a pipeline of support and professional development. We will work to bring a tangible benefit to our members that are the pulse of our beloved organization. We will advance issues that have a direct impact on minority lawyers, law students and diversity within the legal profession. We will continue to expand our community outreach by aligning ourselves with other like-minded organizations who are committed to serving those in need. We will also further cement our relationships with local voluntary bar associations, law firms, government agencies and nonprofit organizations that will further our impact in the legal community.

If you are a current member, I implore you to take your seat at the table and get more involved with GWAC whether it be serving on one of our many committees or leading a special initiative or project. If you are considering joining GWAC or wish to learn more, I encourage you to peruse our website, come to one of our meetings or events, join our listserv to receive our weekly communications, or simply join as a member today!  I can personally attest to the unparalleled experience that GWAC has provided for me and I am confident that you will experience the same. We look forward to welcoming you as part of our legacy.

In GWAC Service,

Janea J. Hawkins, Esq.
2017-2018 GWAC President
president@gwacbar.org