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BWL mourns the loss of its 8th President, Joan Whiteside Green

BWL is saddened by the news that Past President Joan Whiteside Green passed away last month. Joan, a criminal defense and family law attorney, has been described by her peers as a “dynamic, no-nonsense, powerful presence” in Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc. Not only was she an excellent trial attorney, she had stellar organizational skills and was masterful at planning events. Joan also had a wonderful sense of humor and was a dedicated mentor.

 

Joan’s community involvement spans many years and organizations. Joan was active in several organizations including the California Association of Black Lawyers, where she served as President. She was also active in the National Bar Association where she served as Region Nine Director and Chief of Staff/General Counsel. She was active in many NBA Committees and Divisions including the Women”s Division, Criminal Law Section, Family Law Section, and Solo Practice Section. She was a panelist on many subjects including “How to Make Money Practicing Law,” several criminal law panels, and “How to Become Bond Counsel and get into the Red Book”. Joan chaired the Gertrude Rush/Mid Year Conference, created an all pink souvenir booklet and helped NBA net over $40,000.

 

Joan was also a longtime member of the Angel City Chapter of the Links, Inc. She was presented as a Links Debutante in High School. Joan was also a longtime member of the Lullabye Guild.

 

Joan graduated from Cal State LA and Whittier College School of Law before being installed as the 8th President of BWL for the 1983-1984 term. BWL’s hearts and prayers go to Joan’s family, including her son.

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Amber S. Finch
BWL President : 2016 - 2017
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Amber S. Finch
BWL President : 2016 - 2017
About Us
BWL & Our History
Upcoming Events
BWL Events Calendar
BWL Photos
Event & Program Highlights

2017 BWL Newsletter

This past board year was a busy, but rewarding, one. In less than 10 months, BWL hosted or participated in over 30 dynamic programs that shine a beacon on our members, our organization, and our mission.

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About BWL

Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc. is a non-profit corporation whose mission is dedicated to charitable, educational and community-based services. BWL was founded in 1975 after a small group of Los Angeles based African-American women judges and attorneys held a luncheon meeting to discuss the marked absence of an organization which addressed the needs and concerns of African-American women in the legal profession.

The dialogue and events that followed became the genesis of BWL. Over the years, BWL branched out and grew through its various community projects and committee activities. The first BWL scholarship luncheon was held in 1975 at the Medallion Restaurant. Since then, BWL has raised scholarship funds annually for second and third year law students through its annual fundraising efforts by the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Foundation.

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Upcoming Events

2017 Installation and Awards Dinner

September 23, 2017
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