Standing Committees


Supports GWAC Historian with preparing a narrative of all activities conducted during the bar year.  The narrative shall become a permanent record of GWAC history.  Assist GWAC Historian as custodian of GWAC’s collection of photographs, documents, books, or other created materials.


Charlotte E. Ray

Selects an honoree for the annual Charlotte E. Ray Award, which recognizes an outstanding African-American woman from our local bar in honor of Charlotte E. Ray, the first woman admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and the first African-American woman certified as a lawyer in the United States.


Community Outreach

Addresses the concerns of the Washington DC metropolitan community with a primary focus on youth and seniors.  The committee sponsors and supports enrichment activities with girls in District of Columbia Public Schools, as well as an activities program for senior citizens at Washington Center for Aging Seniors (“WCAS”).  At WCAS, a recreational therapy program of Bingo Nights on the 4th Saturday of each month enhances the lives of this community.


Employment and Professional Development

Plans programs and events in the area of employment and professional development.  Announces and researches job opportunities vi the GWAC member listserve.


Finance and Budget

Serves as consultant to the Treasurer and Financial Secretary, provides financial assistance for GWAC functions, and enforces and implements generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”).



Raises revenue for GWAC operations and social agenda items.  Last year, the Committee sponsored happy hours, as well as a GWAC team for the Race for the Cure.


Judicial & Executive Appointments

Reviews applications from individuals seeking GWAC endorsements for local and federal appointments and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors. To request an endorsement, please send an email to


Law Firm and Corporate Counsel

Hosts brown bag lunch programs and discussion forums with guest speakers on networking, professional development, legal practice tips and career alternatives.


Legislative Affairs

Focuses on political activities in the Washington, DC area and plans programs and other events to get GWAC involved with legislative matters of interest to GWAC and the Black community.  Members also support and participate in voter registration/education projects.



Maintains the membership directory, provides Welcome Packages to new members and provides membership materials at all GWAC functions.


Program Planning

Plans programs for the General Body meetings and annual events.


Student Affairs

Sponsors the Legal Intern Placement Program (“LIPP”), which places local students in area law firms during the summer.  Activities include student interviews, soliciting employers, and placing students.  The committee has conducted interviewing workshops to prepare first and second year law students for summer clerkship interviews and workshops on legal employment opportunities.



Ad Hoc Committees


In partnership with the GWAC Foundation, hosts the Annual Auction.  Activities include soliciting of donors, negotiating vendor contracts, auction night program development, pricing auction items, and set-up, checkout and cleanup activities on auction night.



Reviews, maintains, and recommends changes to the Bylaws consistent with NBA and Chapter activities.


Public Relations

Prepares the monthly GWAC Newsletter and GWAC press releases.


Special Actions

Undertakes special projects at the request of the GWAC Board or President.