Greetings GWAC Members, Friends, and Supporters,
It is with great excitement that I welcome you to the 2021-2022 Bar Year! I am extremely humbled and honored to serve as GWAC’s president during this term and to be able to add to GWAC’s rich legacy. I stand on the shoulders of many incredible women who have paved the way for GWAC to become the esteemed bar association that it is. I am excited to work alongside a talented Board where each member comes with a wealth of diverse skill sets, experiences, and legal expertise. The theme for this bar year is “Living, our Mission, Empowering our Community, and Building our Legacy.” With this is in mind, GWAC will focus on adding to the caliber of its programming in line with GWAC’s mission of supporting African-American women attorneys and improving the quality of life in the D.C. area. GWAC will do this by actively and intentionally engaging in opportunities to collaborate with our D.C. community partners to establish meaningful connections to create a sustaining and positive impact.
GWAC looks forward to celebrating signature traditions and events, while creating new ones. This past bar year, we had to pivot from our customary and highly anticipated in-person events and programming to virtual events and programming. Though this took some adjustment, GWAC was up for the challenge and met it head on. Through virtual programming, GWAC has been able to engage with individuals from across the country and anticipates maintaining these connections going forward. While navigating civil unrest, political strife, and a deathly pandemic, GWAC has emerged even more motivated to forge ahead to engage in necessary and relevant work. We very much look forward to gradually transitioning back to in-person programming and identifying new ways to support our members and the DC community. I look forward to hearing your feedback on ways that GWAC can support you on your respective paths so that you have an enjoyable experience.
This bar year, GWAC will focus on the following areas:
- Membership: increasing membership through heightened visibility, retaining membership, hosting more skills-based programming, and assessing and creating additional member benefits;
- Mentorship: identifying ways to create a mentorship pipeline program for law student members and new lawyers;
- Legislative Footprint: seeking out opportunities to engage both locally and nationally with legislation and advocacy efforts that align with GWAC’s mission;
- Elevation to Legislation: preparing and propelling African-American women attorneys to serve in local and national legislative offices; and
- Self-Care: providing spaces and programming that address the overall well-being of GWAC members in a way that is intentional and multifaceted.
I look forward to the collective work that we will do as an organization, the ways that we will engage members, the new and innovative initiatives and programs that we will implement, and the partnerships that we will create. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time with any feedback that you may have at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your input is necessary and important. Thank you in advance for your support.
Yours in Service,
Renee C. Mims
Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association (“GWAC”)