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President's Welcome

Welcome to GWAC’s 2022-2023 Bar Year!

Greetings GWAC Members, Friends, and Supporters,

Welcome to the 2022 -2023 GWAC bar year! It has been difficult navigating all of the changes throughout the past few years, and staying safe during the pandemic. These years have taught us the importance of health, time with family, rest, and learning to balance these things with career obligations. One thing we know for sure is that we are resilient! 

We have also seen Black women in the legal profession rise to new heights in their careers. We watched the confirmation of a Black woman to the Supreme Court of the United States: incoming Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. Yet there is still work to do. This year our theme will be: Our Time is Now!

“Our Time is Now” means that we will own our power, build strong pipelines to leadership for Black women in the law, stand up as leaders and strategic partners in our community, and continue to recognize our members doing phenomenal work. I am looking forward to a bar year filled with traditional GWAC events that recognize our exceptional members such as the Charlotte E. Ray Awards Ceremony and the Barbara E. Whiting-Wright Networking and Awards Reception. In addition, I want to focus on providing our members with professional development programs, opportunities to network, and space for self care. Recognizing that we are still in the middle of a pandemic, we will gather in the safest manner possible, and continue using some of the tools we learned through the pandemic. I look forward to a safe and engaging bar year, and appreciate your continued support!

Yours in Service,

Bayliss Fiddiman, Esq.
2022-2023 President
Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association (“GWAC”)


The Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association (GWAC) is a network of African American women attorneys dedicated to the professional development of its members. We are committed to improving the quality of life in the Greater Washington D.C. area through a variety of activities, including educational programs and community service projects.

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GWAC Foundation

In 1993, GWAC established a

charitable arm – GWAC Foundation, Inc. (“the Foundation”). The Foundation received its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service in 1995. That same year, GWAC provided the Foundation with its original endowment, which it has more than tripled over the years. The work of the Foundation is performed entirely by volunteers with no paid staff.

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NBA Region XII

The National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and is the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African American attorneys and judges. It has 84 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and affiliations in Canada, the United Kingdom, Africa Morocco and the Caribbean.  It represents the interests of approximately 65,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students.  The NBA is organized around 23 substantive law sections, 9 divisions, 12 regions and 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world.

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