Please click here to view pictures from our 

2015 Charlotte E. Ray Award Reception

honoring Kirra L. Jarratt


Upcoming Events

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.

Read More

National Bar Association 2015 International Affiliates Meeting

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



Read More

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!

Read More


May 09, 2015
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Washington Center for Aging Services
2601 18th Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20018

Please join us!

Read More

Judicial Reception

May 27, 2015
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

BuckleySandler LLP
1250 24th Street NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20037

Every spring, GWAC recognizes the accomplishments of the women who serve as judges in the local and federal courts of the District of Columbia.

Read More

April Member Spotlight

Co-Chairs of the GWAC's Foundation Gavel for Good Auction Committee




Cory Chandler

Cory Chandler, a native Washingtonian, is the Deputy Attorney General for the Family Services Division in the D.C. Office of the Attorney General.  Ms. Chandler is currently the Co-Chair of the Gavel for Good Auction Committee for the GWAC Foundation.  Ms. Chandler has been a member of GWAC as well as a member of the GWAC Foundation Board for several years.  

Ms. Chandler received her B.S. in Business Administration from Towson State University in May 1996.  She received her J.D. from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in May 1999. Upon graduation from law school, she was selected as an inaugural candidate for the OAG Honors Program in the Family Services Division.  Ms. Chandler’s career at the D.C. Office of the Attorney General (OAG) began in September 1999 in the Appellate Division where she briefed child abuse and neglect appellate cases.  In April 2000, she transferred to the Child Protection Section (CPS) where she handled all aspects of child abuse and neglect litigation.  She rapidly advanced in CPS to the lead trial attorney on her calendar and then to the Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) team.  In September 2004, she became the Chief of CPS IV where she managed the TPR and Adoption matters.  Ms. Chandler has successfully litigated numerous neglect and TPR cases and her efforts were instrumental in placing Child and Family Services Agency in compliance under the Adoption and Safe Families Act.  In February 2006, Ms. Chandler became Chief of the Policy and Training Section in the Child Support Services Division (CSSD).  She spearheaded the development of numerous policies, procedures and trainings aimed at improving employee skills, customer service and agency performance.  In May 2007 Ms. Chandler was appointed the Deputy Director of CSSD where she worked on behalf of the District’s children and families to establish paternity and support orders.  In that capacity she launched the Child Support Outreach Van to provide customer service to residents in the community in which they reside.  

In October 2011, Ms. Chandler returned to work on behalf of children and families in the Family Services Division by serving as Deputy Attorney General.  She currently has oversight of the four Child Protection Sections, the Domestic Violence Section and the Mental Health Section. The Family Services Division works on behalf of the District’s most vulnerable citizens: abused and neglected children; domestic violence victims; incapacitated adults who are being abused or who are self-neglecting and mentally ill adults in need of emergency psychiatric hospitalization and/or the appointment of a guardian. Family law is Ms. Chandler’s passion and she has dedicated her career to working on behalf of the children and families of the District. 


Mashanda Mosley

Mashanda Mosley is GWAC’s Student Affairs Committee Chair.  The Student Affairs Committee is responsible for coordinating programs for local law students, including GWAC’s mock interview program.  The Student Affairs Committee is also responsible for GWAC’s Legal Intern Placement Program which provides employment opportunities for local students.  Mashanda is also on the GWAC Foundation Board.

Mashanda is a Senior Labor Relations Officer for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro).  Mashanda represents Metro’s interest in labor negotiations, grievance administration, contract administration, special projects, and binding arbitration.  She also provides training, advice and guidance to Metro management in accordance with Metro’s five Union contracts covering all areas of labor and employee relations.  Prior to Metro, Mashanda was Associate General Counsel for the District of Columbia Housing Authority where she was part of the Litigation Team.  Mashanda also worked for Legal Aid of North Carolina as a Staff Attorney handling family law, housing and employment matters.

Mashanda is a native of North Carolina and received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of law.  Mashanda worked for the Boys and Girls Club throughout college and law school.  She is a member of the North Carolina and District of Columbia Bar.

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.