Upcoming Events

2016 - 2017 Executive Board

President - Alcia McNeal

Preseident-Elect - Janea Raines

Corresponding Secretary - Keesha Turner Roberts

Recording Secretary - Aina Watkins

Treasure - Carla Jordan Detamore

Financial Secretary - Vacant

Historian - Vacant



 Click here to view our year of activities and events





June 29, 2016   6-9pm 

  •         Updates on pre-convention planning
  •         Presentation from NBA Leaders
  •         Region XII activities at the convention


City Club.
555 13th Street, NW
Columbia Square 
Washington, DC 20004

For More Information Contact: 
Carl Turpin, Region XII Director
cturpin@igc.org or carl.turpin@dc.gov




Our very own Yuri Walker is running for Vice-President

91st Annual NBA Convention & Exhibits
Saint Louis, MO
TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016

Click here to view her biography and election flyer


2016 Judicial Reception with Keynote Speaker 
The Honorable Denise Wilson-Taylor
hosted by Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P. 

Join Now!!

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.


Greetings!  I am extremely humbled to serve as your President for the 2015-2016 bar year.  GWAC was founded on the principles of community engagement and improving opportunities for African American women in the legal profession.  My predecessors all worked extremely hard to ensure that this organization continued to thrive and impact the lives of those in and beyond the Greater Washington D.C. area; thus, I do not take my position lightly.  As a proud graduate of Howard University School of Law, it goes without saying that I was trained to appreciate the critical role of the black lawyer.  We cannot simply be comfortable in using our law degrees to be strictly litigators, professors, analysts, lobbyists, and/or politicians. Instead, if you are not already aware, I challenge you to understand that our purpose is much greater.  We are social engineers, called to influence and educate not just our fellow practitioners but, more importantly, to advance the causes of African Americans as a whole.  

In addition, here in the District of Columbia, Charlotte E. Ray made history by passing the bar exam and becoming the nation’s first African American woman lawyer.  To this end, we must not overlook the unique bond we share as black women.  I was once asked whether there is a need for an organization like GWAC, and why, since black women hold positions in many D.C.-Metro area bar associations.  Undeterred, I immediately realized that I was being given an opportunity to not only educate this particular individual but to substantiate the importance of my esteemed association. No matter how lucrative and straightforward even the most successful black woman lawyer's career path has been, undoubtedly, there are certain experiences that she has distinctively shared with all other black women in this profession. Thus, it is imperative that we continue to advance and protect our interests through educational programming, networking, service, and similar opportunities.  

My goals this bar year include fostering GWAC’s continued presence in the D.C. legal community, working closely alongside our parent organization, the National Bar Association and our fellow affiliate, the Washington Bar Association, promoting a significant amount of resources and relevant programing to members from all stages of the profession, and actively interacting and serving our community. I am always accessible and encourage you to reach out with any questions, ideas, and/or concerns for purposes of making this bar year successful. Finally, please encourage your colleagues, family members, and friends to join GWAC or renew their membership.  The support of the legal community has been a significant factor in keeping GWAC a constant, and for that I am extremely grateful.

Warmest Regards, 

 Brandes S. G. Ash, President, 2015-2016