The Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys


GABWA is proud to be a statewide organization with active regional chapters in Albany, Augusta, Columbus, Macon and Savannah.  We aim to serve as a valuable resource for our members throughout the State of Georgia and actively seek the support and input of our regional members in strategizing and executing on programs that better serve them and their communities.


The Albany Region strives to impart diversity in the Southwest region of the state by promoting the mission and objectives of GABWA and serving the interests of black women attorneys, children and the African American community at large.  On a localized level, the Albany Region works within the community as a cohesive group to further the common interests of its members and be a voice for the under-represented populous in this area.

Elicia Hargrove, Albany Regional VP
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The Augusta Region consists of the Central Savannah River Area (“CSRA”) of Georgia.  The Augusta Region seeks to facilitate the involvement of GABWA’s members residing and/or working in the CSRA. Our purpose is to be a resource and link for members throughout the CSRA to GABWA throughout the entire state. The Augusta Region provides local professional development, programming and community service activities that follow the mission of GABWA.

Laverne Gaskins,  Augusta Regional VP
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The purpose of the Columbus Regional Chapter is to foster a network of the GABWA’s members, and potential members, residing and/or working in the Columbus, Georgia area. The Columbus Chapter is committed to improving the lives of women and children in the area by encouraging sisterhood, professionalism, networking and service to the community. The Columbus Chapter has demonstrated this commitment through programs that range from feeding the homeless, to hosting a prom dress drive for area teenage girls, to co-sponsoring the first annual Law Day 4 Girls with the local chapter of Girl’s, Inc., where the Chapter hosted 50 middle and high school girls at the Government Center/Courthouse.  The Columbus Chapter is also proud to have a close working relationships with the other bar associations in the area such as the Columbus Bar Association, Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, and Fountain City Bar Association.  We actively seek to collaborate with other bar associations on specialized programs such as the 2014 Lunch and Learn on Leadership with State Bar President Patrise Perkins-Hooker.  Additionally, the Chapter works closely with the local office of Georgia Legal Services on various pro bono initiatives.  The Columbus Chapter looks forward to increasing its membership through new and innovative programs, and strengthening ties with future lawyers at Columbus State University and Jones Flaukner Law School.

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The purpose of the Macon Regional Chapter (“Chapter”) is to promote the overall mission of GABWA through the involvement of members residing and/or working in Middle Georgia area including but not limited to Macon, Warner Robins and Milledgeville. The Chapter is committed to fostering sisterhood through fellowship, professional development and service to the community through several initiatives throughout the year, including but not limited to: annual Judicial Brunch and Learn Series, Secrets and Stilettos – a community domestic violence awareness seminar sponsored by several local community partners, and support to members of Mercer BLSA through the Chapter’s annual 3L Lunch And Learn.

Kim Easterling, Macon Regional VP
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The Savannah Region is committed to the mission and vision of GABWA – striving to nurture, support and galvanize the power of Black women attorneys in area while promoting advocacy for women and children in the local community.  Also, the Savannah Region is dedicated to providing an environment where Black women attorneys can find networking opportunities and a support system to assist them with navigating through a profession that is highly demanding.  Through community service projects and networking events, the Savannah Region intends to be a safe-haven for local Black women attorneys dedicated to service and uplifting the community.

Denise Cooper, Savannah Regional VP
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