GWAC membership is open to all individuals, regardless of gender or racial identification, awarded the Juris Doctor degree and to law students currently matriculating towards the Juris Doctor degree.
GWAC’s bar year runs from July 1st to June 30th. All financial regular members shall be eligible to run for office, serve as committee chair, and vote in an election of officers, on amendments to the constitution, and on motions at general, special and annual meetings.
There are four categories of membership: Regular, Recent Graduate, Student, and Law Firm. Regular Membership is $65, Recent Graduate Membership is $30 (graduated within the past two years), and Student Membership is $15.
We hope you consider joining our organization. Allow us to share five reasons why we think you would benefit from a GWAC membership.
1) Sharpen Your Skills. Whether you are beginning your career, developing new practice areas, or starting your own firm, GWAC’s Law Firm Corporate Counsel Committee hosts brown bag lunches that can develop your networking skills and offer legal practice tips, career alternatives, and career enhancements. The programs feature expert speakers at a convenient downtown Washington, DC location.
2) Stay Informed. GWAC’S Newsletter contains feature articles on African American legal newsmakers, announcements of upcoming programs and information exclusively for members. The GWAC Newsletter is emailed directly to you with an on-line version available at this website, along with archives of previous issues.
3) Expand Your Client Base. For those in private practice, client development is critical. There is no better place to network than GWAC. Participation in GWAC activities offers many opportunities to meet fellow African American lawyers and develop new business relationships.
4) Obtain Help Finding a Job or Changing Careers. GWAC offers a variety of ways to help you search for your first job or a new opportunity. GWAC maintains an on-line job bank and sends emails announcing professional opportunities especially for those employers reaching out to the African American legal community.
5) Help Improve the Washington DC Metro Area. Gain valuable experience and help show the community that we really do care by volunteering with the Community Outreach Committee that works with young girls in the D.C. public schools and with seniors at the Washington Center for Aging Seniors. No time commitment is too small, and your help can really make a difference in someone else’s life.