2018-2019 President’s Welcome

Carla Jordan-Detamore

Greetings GWAC Members and Friends,

It is my distinct honor and privilege to greet you as the President for the 2018-2019 term. We are proud that GWAC is approaching its 45th year, which is a testament to the rich history that this dynamic bar association boasts. Since joining GWAC when I moved to Washington, D.C. in 2014, GWAC has been a family to me, providing me with support and encouragement as I continue to grow as a lawyer, and providing me with a network of awe-inspiring women that I am proud to call my friends. I am constantly impressed by GWAC’s dynamic educational, networking, and service programming, providing members with a chance to learn, serve, and flourish.

I want to thank my fellow board members from the past few years for their dedication and hard work, and encourage them to continue their service with GWAC. I hope that we are able to continue the great work that our 2017-2018 President Janea Hawkins spearheaded, including the introduction of GWAC’s dinner series featuring phenomenal women leaders in the D.C. area who are pioneers in their respective fields. This past year also saw the creation of the Judicial Liaison position, which was held (and will continue to be held) by the Honorable Anita Josey-Herring, who organized an exceptional Bench and Bar reception and started an internship program with the Thurgood Marshall Academy, which we plan to continue. Over the next year, I hope to continue focusing on the following items as well:

  1. Raising the Profile and Impact of GWAC through Collaboration and Relationship Building
  2. Recruiting, Retaining, and Reactivating Members
  3. Expanding Community Service & Pro Bono Activities
  4. Cultivating the Law Student Pipeline

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about my experience with GWAC or my ideas for the future of the organization, please feel free to reach out to me at president@gwacbar.org.