GABWA is a bar association formed in 1981 to serve the needs and interests of black women attorneys.
We provide an informed and reliable voice through which the needs of black women lawyers and the black community at large may be articulated.
GABWA includes judges, law students, professors, deans, government and public interest lawyers, television stars, state bar attorneys, in-house attorneys from small, mid-sized and Fortune 500 corporations, solo/small firm lawyers, and large firm lawyers.
GABWA's mission statement is as follows: The Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys is a voluntary bar organization that nurtures, supports and galvanizes the power of Black women attorneys, advocates for women and children and empowers our communities.
Inspiring. . . Informing . . . Igniting
Greetings and welcome to the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (“GABWA”) website. I am honored to be at GABWA’s helm during her 32nd year. Her founding members’ vision of a dynamic and multifaceted organization continues to be realized. Historically, GABWA has systematically tried to create opportunities to collaborate with other organizations (within and outside of the legal community.) Her ultimate vision: to advance plans and programs to improve the social, the political, and the economic state of our communities. It remains a tall order in 2013, but, with the help of almost 700 members, GABWA stands ready to face the challenge.
GABWA’s 2013 theme, “Inspired by Our History, Informed by Our Mission, Ignited by Our Passion,” incorporates three elements. The theme’s first prong pays homage to her members’ historic achievements. GABWA’s rank and file include the first African American female Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, the first African American female on the Georgia Court of Appeals, numerous State Court, Superior Court, and Municipal Court Judges, Solicitors, County Attorneys, District Attorneys, an assortment of Government and corporate lawyers, along with Partners and Associates in some of the State’s most prestigious large and small firms.
The theme’s second prong serves as a challenge to her members to continue to pursue her mission - to nurture, support, and galvanize the power of Black Women Attorneys as a means of advocating for women and children and empowering our communities. These lofty goals continue to be realized and expanded upon through GABWA’s numerous community service activities, her nationally award winning television show, “Legally Speaking,”( airing to potentially millions each month), her generous scholarships to deserving female law students, and nationally award winning programs under the auspices of her Foundation, such as Sister to Sister and the Wills Project. The theme’s third prong serves as a call to action for her members to advocate in meaningful ways by lighting the fire of change within their local communities, the nation, and the world. One of my favorite quotes is by Sojourner Truth who said, “If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these together ought to be able to turn it back and get it right side up again.” I am inspired by the women of GABWA to strive to reach higher heights and effect positive change, and, as you peruse our site, you will be, too.
May you remain inspired, informed, and ignited in 2013 - and beyond!